Readout of Chancellor Masrour Barzani’s meeting with UK Minister of State

Chancellor Masrour Barzani received today UK Minister of State for Middle East Alistair Burt and discussed regional developments and ways to continue strengthening the strong partnership between the United Kingdom and Kurdistan Region. In their exchange, both sides reviewed benefits coordination between Peshmerga Forces and Iraqi Security Forces can bring in the disputed territories. These include stopping ISIL taking advantage of security gaps and providing the stability necessary to advance a settlement in line with the Constitution. They also discussed the passage of the Federal Budget. In that regard, Chancellor Barzani commended the move as a positive step in institutionalizing Erbil-Baghdad relations, and urged the United Kingdom to help reconcile other differences. They also discussed other issues of bilateral importance. KRG Representative to UK Karwan Jamal also attended the meeting.