KRG Prime Minister meets with US National Security Advisor

The meeting underscored the enduring alliance between the United States and Kurdistan, emphasizing the importance of a robust and economically viable Kurdistan region, as enshrined in Iraq's constitution.
Prime Minister Masrour Barzani (Right) and US National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan (Left)
Prime Minister Masrour Barzani (Right) and US National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan (Left)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) - In a significant meeting held at the White House on Friday, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan engaged in comprehensive discussions with Prime Minister Masrour Barzani of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

The meeting underscored the enduring alliance between the United States and Kurdistan, emphasizing the importance of a robust and economically viable Kurdistan region, as enshrined in Iraq's constitution.

The meeting comes after Prime Minster Masrour barzani met with key congressmen and had important discussions about the recent developments in the region. 

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In a statement released by the White House, it is highlighted that Mr. Jake Sullivan “expressed appreciation for the longstanding partnership between Kurdistan and the United States and confirmed U.S. support for a strong and economically viable Kurdistan region as outlined in Iraq’s constitution.”

Sullivan, acknowledging the historical partnership, paid tribute to the indomitable spirit of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, recognizing their instrumental role in the successful campaign against ISIS.

Sullivan also expressed his heartfelt condolences for the sacrifices made by Peshmerga fighters and Kurdish civilians over the last decade, and highlighted the “historic partnership between the Peshmerga and the United States.”

The resilience and dedication exhibited during the challenging fight against terrorism by the Peshmerga forces was also commended.

The National Security Advisor went on to condemn attacks by Iran and Iranian-backed proxy groups in the Kurdistan region, reinforcing the United States' commitment and “support for the security of the Kurdistan.”

It could be said that the condemnation serves as a clear stance against external threats that could compromise the stability and peace achieved through collective efforts in the Kurdistan Region.

Furthermore, Sullivan reaffirmed U.S. support for the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Iraqi government's collaborative efforts. “Sullivan also reaffirmed U.S. support for the KRG and Iraqi government as they work towards a durable revenue- and budget-sharing arrangement that strengthens stability, good governance, and economic progress throughout Iraq and its Kurdistan region,” the statement read.

The extensive talks between Sullivan and Prime Minister Barzani reflect the multifaceted nature of the U.S.-Kurdistan relationship, encompassing security, historical collaboration, and a shared vision for the region's prosperity. The White House's commitment to the enduring partnership signals a sustained effort to contribute to the development and well-being of both Kurdistan Region and Iraq.

On Tuesday Feb. 27, following a meeting on Monday between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Masrour Barzani, State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller provided a very positive read-out of the meeting. 

That meeting, as well as the several other meetings that Barzani held at the State Department, mark a shift in the Biden administration’s policy toward the region, and that has led to more active U.S. engagement with Erbil. 

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