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

Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council Masrour Barzani met with UK Ambassador to Iraq Jonathan Wilks on May 6, 2018 and discussed a range of issues, including Iraqi parliamentary elections. In that regard, Chancellor Barzani underscored the need for a Kurdistani National Alliance to rally political factions after the elections. He welcomed UK support for a cross-sectarian, representative government in Iraq committed to the full implementation of the Iraqi Constitution. During the meeting, they also discussed UK-Kurdistan Region partnership and reviewed measures to increase trade. Chancellor Barzani and Ambassador Wilks also reviewed at length security challenges in Iraq and the need for security-based reforms, and highlighted the importance of political inclusion and partnership for the country’s long-term stability and prosperity. Regional military and political developments were also discussed in the meeting.