Chancellor Barzani receives UK Special Envoy to Kurdistan Region

The Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC), Masrour Barzani, received this afternoon Lt. General Sir Simon Mayall, the Kurdistan Region Security Envoy to the British Prime Minister.

Masrour Barzani touched on continued gains by the Peshmerga against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and called on Lt. General Sir Mayall for an increase in British engagement.

He emphasised the need for Britain to exercise its leadership role in the International Coalition against ISIS to provide heavier armaments to the Peshmerga, including armoured vehicles. He said, “The Kurdistan Region has come under extreme pressure from military, financial and humanitarian fronts.”

Lt. General Sir Mayall announced that Britain will provide additional counter-IED equipment in the weeks ahead as part of its engagement. He added that the Region’s calls for more arms is recognised by the British Government and efforts are ongoing.

He said, “We are politically committed to supporting the Kurdistan Region, and you have friends in London.”