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

Chancellor Masrour Barzani received today US Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman and engaged on a wide range of issues, with a particular focus on the formation of the next Iraqi government. Chancellor Barzani reiterated that the Kurdistan Region is not backing specific candidates and will instead pursue an agenda responsive to the needs of the people of Kurdistan Region, in line with the Iraqi Constitution. They both agreed that the new government’s key tasks should include, among other priorities, economic reform; integration of Iraqi Security Forces; reconciliation and political stability. During the meeting, Ambassador Silliman underscored the importance of unity in the Kurdistan Region. On that, Chancellor Barzani recognized the Region has a crucial role to play in the political process and expressed confidence that major blocs would form a coalition based on a common agenda.