Herbert McMaster, US national security adviser, stressed that the administration of President Donald Trump attaches great importance to resolving the problems existing between the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Region, stressing that his country is committed to strengthening the Kurds and their experience in the Kurdistan Region.
“Solving the problems between the KRG and Iraq is a big priority for President Trump, Secretary of State Tillerson and the entire Trump team,” McMaster said in remarks at the annual Jamestown conference.
“Since 1991, with the OPC process we have worked to prevent further atrocities and brutality targeting Kurds in the Kurdistan Region,” McMaster said of the events in the Kurdistan region at the end of the last century and the American intervention in favor of Kurds during the launch of Operation OPC. , Recalling the actions and operations carried out by the United States and its allies between 1991 and 2003, until the overthrow of the regime of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
“And what happened after it? We saw the prosperity of the Kurdistan Region,” he said, adding that “it is hardly a miracle.” He described the beauty of cities in the Kurdistan region as Abil, Sulaymaniyah and Dohuk, “We have seen the return of the population to these areas and we have seen the vitality, despite the fragile situation and the weak economy,” he said.
“We are committed to the safety of Iraq and the territorial integrity of Kurdistan,” McMaster said. “We are committed to working with the Kurdish leadership and the Iraqi leadership and mediating between them with all our capabilities.”
The US national security adviser expressed his deep concern about Iran’s “hostility” and pointed out that Tehran “has achieved great success in infiltrating Iraqi institutions, its functions and organizations, and sabotaging it.” He said that Iran “wants a weak Iraq.”
“The others in the region, especially Iran, are trying to manipulate tensions between Erbil and Baghdad, even among the Kurds in their favor,” McMaster said. “There are regional interventions in the tension between Erbil and Baghdad, The Iranian Revolutionary Guards «managed to exploit the differences between the factions within the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Kurdistan Democratic Party», and that the Kurdish leaders to be aware of their exposure to this Iranian role «heinous».
The US national security adviser Herbert McMaster on the continuation of US support for the Kurds and help resolve differences with Baghdad, and stressed that «strengthening the Kurdistan region as part of Iraq remains one of the most important goals of the United States of America».