London, United Kingdom (uk.gov.krd). 23-10-2019 A team responsible for Iraq at the Ministry of Defence (MOD) visited the Kurdistan Regional Government High Representative to the United Kingdom, Mr Karwan Jamal Tahir to discuss the UK’s defence partnership with the Federal Iraq including Kurdistan Region. The meeting was attended by Rhys Rowlands, Iraq Policy Desk Officer, and Gisella Doulton, Assistant Head of International Policy, Ministry of Defence.
Mr Karwan underscored the strong defence partnership between the UK and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, mainly the UK’s contribution to the Peshmerga reform. Given the current situation in Iraq and Northeast Syria, High Representative Karwan stated that: “We are facing a complex security environment and strong allies like the United Kingdom are more important than ever to prevent conflict and preserve stability in the region.” With evolving threats in the wider area, High Representative Karwan urged the UK and international partners to intensify their efforts to mitigate crises. Following the conflict in the Northeast Syria, the Kurdistan Region has received a new wave of refugees in addition to 1.1 million IDPs and Syrian refugees currently residing in the Kurdistan Region.
The MOD team also raised the concerns over the developments in Iraq and Northeast Syria and reinforced that the UK will be more prominent at the heart of international efforts to secure shared interest, mainly in areas of strategic importance, including the Kurdistan Region, Iraq, and Syria.