On sidelines of the Munich Security Conference (MSC), Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Saturday met with a number of world officials including Antonio Guterres, the UN Chief and Mike Pence, the US Vice President, to discuss a range of issues including bilateral ties and the war on terrorism.
In his meeting with Barzani, Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary General, thanked Barzani for the significant role Kurdistan Region has played in defeating the Islamic State (IS) and also hosting near two million IDPs and refugees.
In a separate meeting, Barzani and Mike Pence, the US Vice President, exchanged views on the battle against IS and the US-led coalition's efforts. Pence commended the role of Peshmerga forces in defeating the extremist organization and reiterated his country's sustained support to the Kurdistan Region.
During another meeting with the President of the Kurdistan Region, the US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said he was familiar with the Kurdish cause, according to the press office of the Kurdistan Region Presidency.
The US Secretary of Defense added both Kurdistan and the US had made sacrifices side by side.
Mattis also reiterated the US’ support for the people of the Kurdistan Region in the battle against IS and said he hoped to visit Kurdistan in the near future.
Moreover, President Barzani gave a trophy representing Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers to the US Secretary of Defense.
The trophy depicts two Peshmerga soldiers standing in front of a globe with their weapons drawn as a sign of Peshmerga defending the world from terrorism.
President Barzani congratulated Mattis for his post and hoped the bilateral relations between the Region and the US would continue to develop and improve in all aspects.
John McCain, the Senior US Senator, and Barzani also met on the sidelines of the MSC and discussed various political and security issues, mainly the anti-terror efforts. Mccain valued Barzani and Peshmerga's role in defeating the IS organization.
Barzani also met with the Deputy Prime Minister of Kuwait, Paolo Gentiloni Silveri, the Italian Foreign Minister, and Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen, the German Defence Minister.
Barzani also met with the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. The two officials exchanged views on the plans for post-IS era as well as closer cooperation between Erbil and Baghdad for the ongoing Mosul operation, according to Abadi’s office.
Facilitating the return of millions of IDPs to their homes was also on the agenda.
Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and Brett McGurk, the US Special Presidential Envoy for Global Coalition to Counter Islamic State (IS), met on Sunday and discussed the latest developments in the battle of Mosul and the role of Peshmerga in the operation.
In a meeting on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference (MSC), Barzani and McGurk discussed the latest developments in the offensive of Mosul and the key role Kurdistan Region Peshmerga forces have played in the anti-IS efforts in northern Iraq.
The new US administration's strategy for the war against IS and the US support to Kurdistan Region under Trump were also discussed by the US and Kurdish delegations.
McGurk reiterated his country's sustained support to Kurdistan Region and Peshmerga forces, stating that the US and Kurdistan Region bilateral ties will remain as strong during the Trump administration.
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