Political | 08:30 – 25/02/2021
BAGHDAD – Mawazine News
The US ambassador to Baghdad, Matthew Toller, discussed with the presidents of the Kurdistan region, Nechirvan Barzani, and the regional government, Masrour Barzani, several files, most notably the recent missile attack that targeted Erbil.
A statement by the US embassy in Baghdad, which Mawazine News received / a copy of, stated that “the US ambassador, Matthew Toller, visited Erbil on February 24 and met with the President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Nechirvan Barzani, the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani, and the Minister of Interior of the Kurdistan Region, Reber Ahmed .
The statement added, “The meetings included a range of issues, including US support for the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Iraqi federal government in the aftermath of the February 15 missile attacks in Erbil, as well as regional relations, support for the implementation of the Sinjar Agreement, and the safe, dignified and voluntary return of the displaced to the country.” Their homes. ”
He continued, “The meetings also discussed the budget negotiations of the Kurdistan Regional Government with the Government of Iraq, as well as relations between the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Kurdistan Democratic Party.”
The US ambassador, Matthew Toller, stressed, according to the statement, “the importance of unifying the Kurdistan region of Iraq and its government as the best way to serve its people, economic recovery, provide security and a strong investment climate for business.”
Toller stressed “the importance of freedom of expression and the press,” noting that “the United States remains committed to working with the Kurdistan region of Iraq and civil society on this issue and ensuring the consolidation of relations with the Biden administration.”
The statement continued, “Ambassador Tueller also visited the Director of Erbil International Airport, Ahmed Hoshyar Muhammad Amin, and the Commander of Erbil Air Base, Colonel Scott Dessormo.”
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Ambassador Toller concluded, according to the statement, “his visit by meeting Baz Raouf Karim, Director of Car Group, during which the two discussed the importance of diversifying and modernizing the energy infrastructure in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and the energy market.”