Readout of Chancellor Masrour Barzani’s meeting with US Under Secretary of Defense

Chancellor Masrour Barzani today met with John C. Rood, US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, to discuss the continuing partnership between Kurdistan Regions security forces and Peshmerga with the United States.

Chancellor Barzani thanked the United States for supporting the Peshmerga in the fight against ISIS. He and Mr Rood discussed the continuing battle against this and other terrorist groups and the changing nature of the fight which needs military and intelligence resources. Chancellor Barzani also spoke at length about specific measures the United States and the Global Coalition can support to organize and strengthen Peshmerga forces.

They also discussed the process of government formation in Iraq. Chancellor Barzani said the Kurdistani leadership does not favor nor rule out any list as a partner; rather it is seeking a coalition that will implement the Iraqi Constitution in full and a government based on consensus, balance and partnership responsive to the needs and rights of the people.

During the meeting Chancellor Barzani and Mr Rood also talked over issues that impact not only Kurdistan and Iraq but cut across the Middle East.