President Barzani to participate in 2017 Munich Security Conference

The President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani was invited to participate in the 2017 Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Germany, a source from the Kurdistan Region Presidency revealed on Monday.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – The President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani was invited to participate in the 2017 Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Germany, a source from the Kurdistan Region Presidency revealed on Monday.

“[President] Barzani has confirmed he will be participating in the conference,” the source told Kurdistan24.

President Barzani also participated in the 2016 MSC where he met with several world officials including the King of Jordan, Iraqi Prime Minister, UK Foreign Secretary, German Foreign Minister, EU’s Foreign Policy Chief, and Turkish Foreign Minister among other officials.

The annual MSC will begin on Feb. 17-19 and will be the 53rd edition of the conference.

It will be hosted at Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich city of Germany with hundreds of international security decision-makers participating.

Additionally, over 500 participants worldwide are expected to take part in the conference to discuss critical security challenges, including the rise of illiberalism in different areas of the globe.

The topics of the conference will be about “the future of transatlantic relations and NATO after the election of Donald Trump, the state of EU cooperation in security and defense matters, the Ukraine crisis and relations with Russia, [and] the war in Syria.”

The participants are also expected to discuss a wider range of challenges such as terrorism, information warfare, and threats facing global health and climate security.

Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi forces have gained significant victories in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) since launching the Mosul military operation on Oct. 17, 2016.

With the offensive ongoing, the forces have already liberated half of the city, the self-proclaimed capital of the extremist group.

 

Editing by Karzan Sulaivany