Chancellor Masrour Barzani receives new UK Ambassador to Iraq, Mr. Jonathan Wilks

Chancellor Masrour Barzani received today the new British Ambassador to Iraq, Mr. Jonathan Wilks, as part of introductory calls in the Kurdistan Region.

Both officials reviewed the strong bilateral relationship between the Kurdistan Region and United Kingdom, rooted in the last three decades. They also discussed confidence-building measures for Erbil-Baghdad talks and the important role the United Kingdom can play to prevent further conflict and advance a political settlement.

Chancellor Barzani welcomed the Ambassador’s support for direct Erbil-Baghdad talks and a strong, prosperous Kurdistan Region based on the Iraqi Constitution. Speaking about the anti-ISIL campaign, he stressed the need to revisit conditions that led to the emergence of ISIL in Iraq and beyond, including deep-rooted political differences, and made clear that the Region remains an important member of the US-led Global Coalition.

The meeting also touched on efforts to advance bilateral relations, including in security and defence.

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