Readout of Chancellor Masrour Barzani’s meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Chancellor Masrour Barzani received today U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Erbil. The two discussed a range of issues of bilateral importance, including developments in Iraq, Syria and the region. They also discussed the next stage of the longstanding Kurdistan Region-United States relationship. Chancellor Barzani proposed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with emphasis on economic and security reform and that is in line with U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement. They also reviewed progress in talks between Erbil-Baghdad. In the meeting, Chancellor Barzani welcomed Secretary Pompeo’s commitment to the success the Kurdistan Region and Iraq, and both expressed continued support for the anti-ISIL campaign. He said mechanisms outlined in the Constitution can solve disputes, including the budget.