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US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Undersecretary of State, thanked on Saturday the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party Massoud Barzani and the Kurdistan Regional Government to resume the resumption of oil exports from the disputed province of Kirkuk between Arbil and Baghdad.
A statement issued by Barzani’s office said that the latter received at Salahuddin Andrei Bek, deputy assistant secretary of state for Middle East affairs, and his accompanying delegation, which included a number of diplomats from the Foreign Ministry and the US Embassy in Baghdad.
The statement said during the meeting discussed the political situation in the region and the political and security developments in Iraq as well as relations between Erbil and Baghdad, and welcomed the decision of the Iraqi government on the re-export of Kirkuk oil through the Kurdistan Region, describing it as the right decision.
The delegation also expressed its thanks to the position of Barzani and the government of the region on the export of Kirkuk oil through the pipelines of the Kurdistan Region, according to the statement.
The statement added that the two sides agreed that the political situation after the Iraqi elections and the formation of the new government, created the opportunity for the region and Baghdad to address the problems and coordination and cooperation between them, hoping not to create obstacles to this new opportunity.
At the end of the meeting, they discussed the situation in Nineveh and Kurdistan regions outside the region’s administration, and exchanged views and views on ways to normalize the situation in these areas and how to manage them, while securing the rights and demands of religious and national components and the return of displaced persons to their areas.
In the same meeting, the delegation expressed appreciation for the role of the Peshmerga in the war against Da’ash and in ensuring security and stability, stressing that America always respects the courage and sacrifices of Peshmerga forces of Kurdistan.