Kurdistan President Arrives in London on Official Visit
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Kurdistan President Arrives in London on Official Visit

ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani on Wednesday arrived in London on an official visit.

Barzani will meet with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Secretary of State for Defense, Ben Wallace, Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, Dominic Raab, and several other officials, the president’s office said in a statement.

Developing partnership between the UK, Kurdistan Region and Iraq, the war on terror, and the general stability in Iraq and the neighborhood will be in focus during Barzani’s meetings, the statement added.

A day earlier, the Kurdish president sent a message of condolences to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the passing of his mother.

He wrote on Twitter: “I extend my heartfelt condolences to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the passing of his mother. My thoughts are with Prime Minister Johnson and his family during this difficult time.”

The UK is among the leading countries in the 67-member Global Coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS), as part of which it provides military assistance to the Kurdistan Region.

Following additional deployments, currently there are up to 1400 UK military and civilian personnel in Iraq supporting counter-IS operations.

The British forces have so far trained over 6,600 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in infantry, weapons maintenance, counter-IED, medical, and engineering skills.

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