Readout of Chancellor Masrour Barzani’s meeting with Belgium Deputy Prime Minister

Chancellor Masrour Barzani received a joint delegation led by Belgium Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo to review humanitarian efforts for the displaced community in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq. In the joint meeting with European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides and other European Union and Belgium representatives, both sides emphasized conditions must now be put in place for the displaced community to return home, with emphasis on security and the provision of basic services and jobs. Chancellor Barzani noted progress in talks with the Federal Government aimed at returning to the combined security mechanisms between Peshmerga Forces and Iraqi Security Forces in the disputed territory. On ISIL, they agreed that the territorial defeat of ISIL is only a first step and more efforts are needed to eradicate the common threat of this terrorist group. Turning to Syria, Chancellor Barzani, Deputy Prime Minister De Croo and Commissioner Stylianides underscored the need to avoid further conflict and displacement at all costs. They also discussed other issues of mutual importance.