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Kurdistan Region and the US sign a military agreement

WED, 13 JUL 2016 10:34 | KRG Cabinet

Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani attended the signing ceremony. (Photo courtesy: presidency.krd)

Salahaddin, Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, (presidency.krd) – Kurdish and American officials sign a memorandum of understanding that includes provisions of military support to the Peshmerga forces.

The acting Minister of Peshmerga Affairs Karim Sinjari and the acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Elissa Slotkin signed the memorandum on Tuesday.

Prior to the signing of the agreement, Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani met with the U.S. delegation headed by Ms. Slotkin. The meeting followed a telephone conversation between President Barzani and the U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.

President Barzani and Ms. Slotkin discussed the liberation of Mosul and the preparations of the Coalition, Iraqi and Kurdish forces. President Barzani focused on the importance and urgency of the liberation of Mosul and used the opportunity to highlight the utmost importance of planning for post-liberation of Mosul.

Ms. Slotkin stated that the Peshmerga forces will play an essential role in the Mosul operation just as they have played similar roles in other operations against the terrorists of the so-called Islamic State.

President Barzani expressed his appreciation to the American people and the U.S. administration for their support to the Kurdistan Region and for leading the collective effort to eliminate terrorism.