ERBIL - Closer cooperations between Erbil and Baghdad against the Islamic State (IS) are "important”, Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani stated on Saturday.
The Kurdish president made the remarks during a meeting in Erbil with Maj. Gen. Eric Hill, commander of the Coalition’s Special Operations Forces in Iraq and Syria, where they exchanged views on various topics, his office said in a statement.
"The economic consequences of the pandemic and its effect on public health were also discussed. The two sides also spoke about the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the global coalition’s military plans and movements," the statement added.
Barzani and Hill further discussed the recent increase in the IS attacks in the areas disputed between Erbil and Baghdad, with the Kurdish leader stressing on "the importance of cooperative arrangements between the government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region in confronting the ISIS terrorists, particularly in the disputed territories."
"The president pledged full cooperation with Baghdad and said that the movements of terror groups and their attacks greatly endanger the security of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region."
The pair additionally spoke about the upcoming strategic discussions between Iraq and the US scheduled to begin in June.
"The president reiterated the importance of Kurdistan Region’s presence and participation in the dialogue and the formation of any road maps."