A delegation from the Ministry of Peshmarga visits UK
News : 7/25/2022
Peshmarag Shoresh Ishmael accompanied by LTG Issa Uzeri Mohammed Chief of
Staff, LTG Bakhtyar Mohammed Secretary General of the Peshmarga ministry and
senior officers of the ministry visited UK and met with the minister for armed
forces and senior British army officers. The delegation’s aim is to understand how
the British Army conducts command and planning at tactical and strategic
levels, and the structure of the army’s divisions. The visit is part of the
UK’s support to the Peshmarga ministry’s reform process.
During the visit, the delegation was accompanied by KRG High
Representative Karwan Jamal Tahir and received by James Heapy minister for
armed forces. Both sides discussed the development of the reform process of the
Peshmarga ministry in which the UK government is taking an important role as
part of the International Coalition plans to modernise the ministry. Minister
Heappy reiterated the UK’s ongoing support to Peshmerga reform. Minister
Shoresh Ishmael thanked the British government for its continuous support to the
Kurdistan region and the Peshmarga Forces, particularly UK’s support to the
reform of the ministry.
The delegation met also with Stephen Hicky the General Director of the
FCDO’s Middle East and North Africa Department. Both sides discussed the
current political and security situation in Iraq and the region, and the
Peshmarga ministry’s reform program. Mr. Hicky praised the Peshmrga bravery and
the sacrifices in the fight against Daesh and the protection of the security in
the region and said that the UK would continue its support to Kurdistan Region
of Iraq and the Peshmarga forces.
The delegation has also visited some Army Headquarters to understand how
the army headquarters are organised, the army’s approach to reform, the
structure of the divisions, and the strategic operational and technical levels
of the command.
The delegation concluded their visit by meeting Air Marshal Martin
‘Sammy’ Sampson UK Defence
Senior Advisor to the Middle East and North Africa. Both sides discussed the
important of the Peshmarga ministry’s visit to the UK and the developments of
the process of reform.