Erbil, Kurdistan Region (dfr.gov.krd) – Minister Falah Mustafa, Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations exchanged views on the latest military, humanitarian and political developments with the UK's ministers for the Middle East and for International Development as well the Deputy National Security Advisor.
The minister briefed Tobias Ellwood, the UK's FCO Minister for the Middle East, on the advances made by the peshmerga against ISIS. He thanked the UK government for providing military and humanitarian support for the Kurdistan Region but stressed that the Peshmergas are in need of heavy weaponry in order to continue the fight effectively with less casualties.
Praising the Peshmerga forces, Minister Ellwood said, “We all recognize the bravery and the sacrifices of the Peshmerga forces; that is why we are all helping Peshmergas.”
Both ministers also discussed the Erbil-Baghdad agreement and stressed the importance of the success of the agreement for the stability of Iraq. Minister Mustafa reiterated the commitment of the Kurdistan Regional Government to implement the agreement.
Minister Ellwood emphasized that the UK government, through its embassy in Baghdad, will do its best to improve Erbil-Baghdad relations and to encourage both parties to fully abide by the agreement.