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US Hails Kurdistan for Combatting Terrorism, Sheltering IDPs, Syrian Refugees

The United States has praised the role of the Kurdistan Region and its people in, alongside the Peshmerga forces, combatting terrorism while sheltering nearly 2 million IDPs and Syrian refugees in the past few years.

The message was conveyed by a delegation from the US Congress, led by John Garamendi, during their visit they paid to Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on Tuesday where the Kurdish premier expressed gratitude to prolonged humanitarian and military assistance by the US to both Kurdistan Region and Iraq in the hard times, according to a statement by Barzani’s office.

He further briefed the foreign diplomats with the developments in the Erbil-Baghdad relations, reiterating support to his Iraqi counterpart Adil Abdul-Mahdi in resolving the remaining issues between the sides through dialogue, the press release added.

The two sides, in the meantime, stressed the need of the presence of coalition forces in Iraq to restore stability and face the threats of returning terrorism in the region, discussing the importance of collaborations among the Peshmerga, Iraqi, and coalition forces to deal with the post-Islamic State (IS) war era in the region, the return of the IDPs and Syrian refugees, and the reconstruction of the affected areas and the support of the international community in this regard.

The two sides additionally stressed the role of women in the management of the country and PM Barzani mentioned about the steps and plans of his government aimed at protecting women and develop their conditions and participation in the governance. Source