The Pentagon has confirmed that Washington will continue to assist the Peshmerga forces, despite the end of the US supply of these troops with financial support, and that negotiations will not resume.
The spokesman for the Pentagon, Eric Bahon, said that the memorandum of understanding signed between the ministry and the Kurdistan Regional Government ended in July 2017, referring to the sending of the last batch of funds allocated to pay the salaries of the Peshmerga in early September.
On the impact of the referendum on the memorandum of understanding, Bahon said that “the referendum is an internal issue, and there was no dialogue between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the United States on the extension of the Convention even months before September 25 (in reference to the day of the referendum), so the referendum will not affect the matter” .
“Even if the agreement of understanding between the Peshmerga and the US defense ministries is not renewed, the Pentagon will continue to support the Peshmerga in the military and security sector, such as training and weapons,” the ministry spokesman said.
It is noteworthy that the Minister of the Interior, Minister of Peshmerga Agency, Karim Sinjari, and Assistant Secretary of State, Alisa Slotkin, signed on 13-7-2016 a memorandum of understanding between the military Kurdistan Region and the United States, in the presence of the President of the Kurdistan Region, Massoud Barzani, Financial and military support for Peshmerga.
Translated and edited by: Shunem Abdullah Khoshnaw