Chancellor Barzani receives Italy’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Chancellor Barzani receives Italy's Deputy Ministe

Masrour Barzani: Mosul’s liberation can be the beginning of the end of the Islamic State (IS)

As part of ongoing dialogue between the Kurdistan Region and Italy in the war on the Islamic State (ISIL), Chancellor Masrour Barzani received the Italian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr. Enzo Amendola.

Both sides discussed the planned deployment of an Italian military contingent near the Mosul Dam and coordination with Peshmerga forces. Amendola said, “Our support [to Kurdistan Region] will continue. We believe in what we are doing – not only defending your land but also in the humanitarian efforts. We want to have a role about the future of the Middle East.” He also announce that Italy will expand its training of the region’s security forces.

Chancellor Barzani underlined political developments in Baghdad, recent setbacks with the Iraqi Army and the future of Iraq. He said, “Iraq’s recent treatment of us is unhelpful. We don’t know if we are partners in this country.”

He called for more armaments from the Global Coalition to hold the front lines until the Iraqi Army is capable of launching an attack on Mosul. He said, “We need a trusted, organised and experienced force to lead the offensive. The success of this operation will depend on addressing post-management plans”

“Mosul can be the beginning of the end of ISIL,” he added. The meeting also touched on more military, financial and humanitarian support.