Chancellor Barzani receives Canadian Ambassador to Iraq and Jordan

The Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC), Mr Masrour Barzani, received this morning the Canadian Ambassador to Jordan and Iraq, Mr Bruno Saccomani, and his accompanying delegation to discuss recent security developments and bilateral ties between Kurdistan Region and Canada.

During their meeting, they discussed efforts to combat the threats posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and ways Canada can support the fight against terrorism. They both agreed on the pressing need for a coordinated international effort to the growing humanitarian disaster in Kurdistan and on Mt. Shingal.

Ambassador Saccomani touched on the announcement on Sunday by the Canadian Government to provide additional aid to the humanitarian crisis in Kurdistan. It has pledged an additional $5m to the $16m it has already provided since the beginning of this year.

Masrour Barzani praised the decision by US President Barack Obama for his courageous leadership in providing military air support to protect Kurdistan and its vibrant communities, and called for more support from friend and allies on the war on terror. He added, ‘The international community has a moral responsibility to defend Kurdistan, and we’re calling on Canada to support us.’

‘We have the will and ability to fight and defeat this threat, but we need stronger military support as ISIS is in possession of advance weapons it has seized from Iraq and Syria,’ said Masrour Barzani.

He added that Kurdistan would welcome technical assistance from Canada to the security forces of Kurdistan. Ambassador Saccomani said, ‘You are fighting terrorism on behalf of the world, and we are grateful for what you are doing.’ The delegation pledged to hold further discussions with their government to discuss the needs of Kurdistan in combating terrorism.

Both agreed to work together to explore strategies to counter ISIS.