Peshmerga minister returns to office following over a year of absence

In a presser held following the return, Minister Ismael said his resumption of duties is to serve the “Peshmerga interest”.
KRG Minister of Peshmerga Affairs speaking to reporters in Erbil following his return to office after a year-plus absence, Nov. 27, 2023. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)
KRG Minister of Peshmerga Affairs speaking to reporters in Erbil following his return to office after a year-plus absence, Nov. 27, 2023. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Kurdistan Region Minister of Peshmerga Affairs Shorish Ismael on Monday officially returned back to the office after over a year of absence due to “undesirable factors”, he said in a presser.

Kurdistan Region Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani on early Monday visited the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs to officially welcome back Minister Shorish Ismael to his duties.

In a presser held following the return, Minister Ismael said his resumption of duties is to serve the “Peshmerga interest”.

Explaining the factors of his absence, the minister said “obstacles” had been erected to the functions of his ministry, including the unification program of the Peshmerga forces.

“The genuine efforts of our friends abroad and those inside Kurdistan Region…,” he said,  has convinced him to go back to his work.

Shorish is a member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).

Kurdistan 24 in July reported that the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East Dana Stroul had called for the return of the Peshmerga minister to the office.

As the minister, Mr Ismail has supervised the Ministry’s comprehensive reform program, backed by the anti-ISIS coalition members, including the US, the UK, the Netherlands, and Germany.

The reforms aim to modernize the Kurdish forces under the leadership and command of the Ministry.