Readout of Chancellor Masrour Barzani’s meeting with Belgium Ambassador to Jordan and Iraq

Chancellor Masrour Barzani today met a delegation led by Belgium Ambassador to Jordan and Iraq Hendrik Van de Velde and discussed a range of issues. On ISIL, both expressed their shared goal of ensuring a lasting defeat of the terrorist organization and addressing underlying causes that led to its rise, including political and economic grievances. Chancellor Barzani underscored the importance of stable and secure conditions in liberated territories that facilitate the return of displaced families. The two sides also discussed continuing efforts to organize and integrate Peshmerga forces, expectations for Iraq’s new government, and the situation in Syria.