Kurdistan Coalition supports formation of professional Kurdistan Peshmerga force

Coalition supports formation of professional Kurdistan Peshmerga force
A meeting between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) officials and Coalition representatives in Erbil, Kurdistan Region, May 7, 2017. (Photo: KRG)

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) with the support of coalition advisors is working to reform the structure of the Peshmerga and establish a more professional armed force in the Region.

On Sunday, the KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, Acting Minister of Peshmerga, and Peshmerga commanders met with an American, British, and German delegation about reforms in the KRG’s Ministry of Peshmerga.

According to a statement released on the KRG website, the meeting is part of the government’s efforts to improve different sectors.

The report stated the Kurdistan Region with support from a specialized team of US, British, and German Defense Ministries would restructure the Peshmerga department.

In the meeting, the coalition representatives presented their plan regarding the Ministry of Peshmerga consisting of 35 points which aim to create a strong, professional military force, the statement said.

PM Barzani mentioned that after 2003, the KRG’s priority was the process of construction in the Kurdistan Region.

However, following the emergence of the Islamic State (IS), the PM said the situation had changed, emphasizing the importance of establishing a strong, professional military force.

PM Barzani reiterated the KRG’s support for the coalition project stating it will be further discussed and endorsed by the Council of Ministers.

The plan will then be sent to the Kurdistan Region President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Masoud Barzani.

Brigadier General Hazhar Omer, the Director of Coordination and Relations for the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs, told Kurdistan24 that in the past three months, the coalition committee held nine meetings with the Peshmerga Ministry officials and Peshmerga commanders.


Editing by Karzan Sulaivany