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Readout of Secretary Carter's Meeting with Kurdistan Regional Government President Masoud Barzani

Dec. 11, 2016

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook provided the following readout:

‎Secretary Carter met today with Kurdistan Regional Government President Masoud Barzani in Erbil, Iraq.‎ The two discussed the latest developments in the fight against ISIL and the key role Peshmerga forces have played in the campaign against ISIL. 

Secretary Carter and President Barzani both noted the unprecedented cooperation between the Government of Iraq and the KRG. The two agreed that all partners in the counter-ISIL fight must avoid distractions and remain focused on dealing the barbaric group a lasting defeat. 

Secretary Carter thanked President Barzani for his close partnership, and recalled the many successes over the past year that were made possible by strong cooperation between the Government of Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government and the United States.