KRG Reaffirms Support for US-Iraq Strategic Dialogue: PM Barzani
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KRG Reaffirms Support for US-Iraq Strategic Dialogue: PM Barzani

ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government reaffirms its support for the US-Iraq Strategic Dialogue, whose third round was conducted on Wednesday this week, said Prime Minister Masrour Barzani.

“I welcome the third round of the US-Iraq Strategic Dialogue. The KRG reaffirms its support for the talks,” the Kurdistan Region premier wrote on Twitter.

“They are a pathway to greater engagement and cooperation – in reform, security, trade, investment, the environment, and clean energy,” he added.

The third round of talks was held under the auspices of Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken via a video conference.

The main highlight of the discussion was the withdrawal of the US and Coalition Combat forces. A joint statement after the meeting said: “Based on the increasing capacity of the ISF, the parties confirmed that the mission of U.S. and Coalition forces has now transitioned to one focused on training and advisory tasks, thereby allowing for the redeployment of any remaining combat forces from Iraq, with the timing to be established in upcoming technical talks.”

“The Government of Iraq reaffirmed its commitment to protect the Global Coalition’s personnel, convoys, and diplomatic facilities.  The two countries also emphasized that the bases on which U.S. and Coalition personnel are present are Iraqi bases and their presence is solely in support of Iraq’s effort in the fight against ISIS.  The two countries intend to continue talks through the Joint Military Committee to ensure Global Coalition activities are aligned with and appropriately support the needs of the ISF, including the Peshmerga,” the statement added.