Masoud Barzani hosts new Canadian, British Ambassadors to Iraq
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Masoud Barzani, leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), on Tuesday met in Erbil with two newly-appointed ambassadors to Iraq, Canada's Ulric Shannon and Britain's Stephen Hickey.
In the first meeting, Shannon said he admired the development and stability in the Kurdistan Region, commending Barzani’s role in the political process and the fight against the so-called Islamic State. Shannon praised the relationship between the Kurdistan Region and Canada, affirming the North American nation's support to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
For his part, the KDP leader congratulated Shannon on his new position and wished him success in his role as Canadian Ambassador to Iraq.
They also discussed the latest political developments in Iraq and the threat of a resurgence of the Islamic State.
Afterward, Barzani met with Stephen Hickey, Britain's new Ambassador to Iraq. The two focused on the recent demonstrations that have spread across much of the country and the demands of the protesters.
They also covered other challenges Iraq is currently facing, especially a political and administrable vacuum in the embattled nation.
As with Barzani's meeting with the Canadian envoy, they concluded with a discussion about the continuing threat of the Islamic State in both Iraq and Syria.
Editing by John J. Catherine