PM Barzani, US Special Envoy Discuss Arabization of Disputed Kurdish Areas
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PM Barzani, US Special Envoy Discuss Arabization of Disputed Kurdish Areas

ERBIL - Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Tuesday received James Jeffrey, the US special presidential envoy to the Global Coalition against the Islamic State (IS) to discuss the latest political and security developments, including the ongoing violations against the Kurds in the disputed areas.

"During the exchange, Prime Minister Barzani expressed serious concerns at the continued implementation of Arabisation policies targeting the indigenous Kurds and their properties in disputed areas. The Prime Minister stressed that these conditions threaten the peace and stability of the region," PM Barzani's office said in a press release.

The officials also shed light on the security developments in the region, stressing on the importance of "a stronger coordinated response between Peshmerga and Iraqi security forces to the ongoing threat of ISIS [Islamic State] in the region."

Commending the US for its support to the Kurdistan Region, PM Barzani also updated Jeffrey on the ongoing discussions with Baghdad in pursuit of a constitutional solution to the disputes between the sides.

"He noted that talks include securing greater cooperation between the Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi Army, notably in disputed territories where general security threats are most acutely felt," the press release added.

"Recognising the important and strategic place the Kurdistan Region holds in the Middle East, as a partner to the international community and multicultural values, Ambassador Jeffrey reaffirmed the US’ commitment in its support," the press release said, noting that the US envoy also acknowledged the leadership of the Kurdish prominent leader and former President of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, and the KRG's role in bringing the Syrian Kurdish parties closer to a significant political agreement.