ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and the US State Secretary Rex Tillerson discussed during a phone conversation on Thursday the latest political developments including the imminent referendum on Kurdistan’s independence.
According to a press release by Kurdistan Region Presidency, Tillerson first commended the role of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces for their vital role in the war against Islamic State (IS), and valued the ultimate sacrifices thousands of Peshmerga fighters have made to defeat the extremist group.
The US official also welcomed Erbil’s decision to send a negotiating delegation to Baghdad in hopes of finding a solution to their prolonged disputes. He also suggested to delay of the independence referendum in Kurdistan.
In response, Barzani said that although Erbil attempted, the partnership with Baghdad did not work, and that the people of Kurdistan have now decided to go their way.
Concerning the relations between Erbil and Washington, the Kurdish top official thanked the US for standing with Kurds and providing them with support during the three years of battle against IS.
The pair also agreed to further strengthen their cooperation for the upcoming steps in the political and security developments in the region, the statement reads.