Readout of Chancellor Masrour Barzani’s meeting with New Zealand Ambassador to Iraq

Chancellor Masrour Barzani received today New Zealand Ambassador to Iraq Bradley Sawden to discuss regional political and military developments. Among them, both officials had a lengthy exchange over the formation of a new Iraqi government and concern over ISIL activities in Salahaddin, Anbar, Diyala, Kirkuk and Mosul. Chancellor Barzani emphasized that lasting defeat of the terrorists must include, among other things, addressing the unresolved political, economic and social conditions. On Iraq, he said Kurdish parties favor a stable, representative government based on partnership that is at peace with neighbors, responds to the needs and interests of its peoples, and implements the Iraqi Constitution in its entirety. During the meeting, they also reviewed the situation in Syria.