Masrour Barzani receives high-level French delegation led by former Prime Minister Francois Fillon

Masrour Barzani receives high-level French delegation led by former Prime Minister Francois Fillon

Today Chancellor Masrour Barzani received a high-level delegation led by former Prime Minister of France and current Member of Parliament, Mr. Francois Fillon, to discuss recent political and military developments in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq and beyond.

Speaking about the ongoing war against the Islamic State (ISIL), Chancellor Barzani underlined France’s historical role in answering the region’s call for international aid, including in August 2014, and their enduring friendship.

On Iraq, Chancellor Barzani said: ‘A quick defeat of ISIL requires a more serious commitment from the international community. The current policy is one of containment; we don’t have the luxury of time.’

‘As long as ISIL holds territory it will have the ability to recruit, generate money and resurface,’ he added.

On Syria, both officials discussed military advances against ISIL and the role of the Kurds in the country’s future. Chancellor Barzani said, ‘The absence of the West in Syria paved the way for the rise of extremism in Syria.’

The meeting also touched on Erbil-Baghdad political differences and the future of the people of the Kurdistan Region. Commenting, Chancellor Barzani said: ‘We must reach an agreement with Baghdad for a peaceful separation.’

The French Consul General in Erbil, Mr. Alain Guepratte, and Members of Parliament also attended the meeting.

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