May 8, 2015

President Barzani and US Defense Secretary Carter discuss future cooperation as Peshmerga continue to advance against ISIS

Washington, DC, USA – ( – Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Thursday met US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to discuss the advance of the Peshmerga against ISIS and the cooperation between US and Kurdish forces.130755000005602813 (1)

President Barzani thanked the United States for the critical aerial support and weapons and equipment that the US and Coalition partners have provided. He said that this backing was appreciated by the people of Kurdistan. Both Secretary Carter and General Dempsey complimented the President on the courage and performance of the Peshmerga on the battlefield and reiterated their continued friendship and support for the Kurdistan Region in the fight against ISIS.

President Barzani and his delegation of Kurdistan Regional Government officials discussed with the Defense Secretary,General Dempsey and other Defense Department officials the current military situation, the weapons and training that have already been delivered and what is still needed.

The same day, the President delivered a speech at the Center for a New Security in America (CNAS), a defense-oriented think tank, and separately met the Editorial Board of the Washington Post. In the evening, he was the guest of Iraqi Ambassador Lukman Faily who hosted the President and the delegation to dinner.

Read this at the Kurdistan Region Presidency website.

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