Masrour Barzani receives US Deputy Assistant Secretary Joseph Pennington
Chancellor Masrour Barzani received today U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iraq, Joseph Pennington, to discuss the ongoing military campaign to clear ISIL from Mosul and regional political developments.
On Mosul, both officials praised continued advances by Peshmerga Forces and Iraqi Security Forces, and their continued collaboration. Chancellor Barzani said, “We have achieved most of the objectives outlined in the agreement with the Iraqi Federal Government, and the Iraqi Army has advanced beyond Peshmerga frontline positions in all the agreed-upon areas.”
During the meeting both officials also emphasised that armed groups operating outside of Iraqi laws must not participate in the Mosul campaign or its aftermath.