KRG Delegation Attends Pivotal US-Iraq Strategic Dialogue in Washington
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KRG Delegation Attends Pivotal US-Iraq Strategic Dialogue in Washington

ERBIL - A delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) participated in the final round of the US-Iraq Strategic Dialogue in Washington, a statement confirmed on Saturday.

The Kurdish delegation, led by Fawzi Hariri, Chief-of-Staff to the President of the Kurdistan Region, "also took part in a bilateral meeting between Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken," reads a statement by the KRG Representation in Washington.

"This final round of the strategic dialogue is pivotal to the future of Iraq. By working together, we can prevent terror from raising its head again," the statement cited Hariri as saying.

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Hajar Ismail from the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs, also participated in the talks focused on security at the Pentagon, which were led by Mara Karlin, Assistant Secretary of Defense, and briefly joined by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III.

"The two sides reiterated the importance of the U.S.-Iraq bilateral security relationship, their shared commitment to fighting ISIS, and the need for the U.S. and Coalition to support Iraqi Security Forces, including the Peshmerga. Long-term US-Iraq security cooperation partnerships and other areas for cooperation were also discussed."

Other than Hariri, Minister Amanj Raheem, KRG Cabinet Secretary, Lawk Ahmed, Chief-of-Staff to the Vice President, and KRG Representative Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman took part in the discussions that stressed the issues related to political and human rights, the Iraqi elections, as well as health, energy, climate, and higher education, according to the statement.

"They discussed U.S. assistance to Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, for example, the United States will provide $155million in additional humanitarian assistance. Although this was the final round of the Strategic Dialogue, the working groups will continue to meet and implement the various steps that were discussed."

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