Readout of Chancellor Masrour Barzani’s meeting with EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator

Chancellor Barzani met today EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove. Both sides had a substantive and productive exchange about the nexus between poor governance and extremism. Chancellor Barzani stressed the importance of addressing those underlying causes, many of them political. They emphasized the need for reconstruction and basic services in territories cleared from ISIL, rehabilitation programs, and for regional countries to take a stronger lead combating extremist ideology. In the meeting, which was attended by EU Ambassador to Iraq Ramon Blecua, they also touched on the relationship between KRG and Iraq’s new government and mutual needs. In that regard, Ambassador Blecua confirmed extended EU support for security sector reform including to the Kurdistan Region.