Baghdad The US Assistant Secretary of Defense, Celeste Wallander, and Minister of Peshmerga Affairs of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Shorsh Ismail Abdullah, signed the updated Memorandum of Understanding between the US Department of Defense and the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs, for the purpose of continuing to support the Peshmerga in the operations of the final destruction of ISIS.
The Presidency of the Region said in a statement received by NINA that this memorandum of understanding, which was first signed in 2016, reflects the long-term coordination between the United States and the people of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and their joint commitment to the final eradication of ISIS.
It explained that, through this MoU, the United States of America renews its commitment to support the role and participation of the Peshmerga forces, as one of the components of the Iraqi security forces, in the operations to destroy ISIS.
It added, that this memorandum of understanding sets out both the developments that have been achieved in the field of basic reforms in institutions, and the commitment of the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs to further reforms in order to raise the level of professionalism of its forces.
It indicated that the United States of America stands by the people of Iraq, including the people of the Kurdistan Region, as they build a strong, stable and sovereign Iraq.
It continued, the signing ceremony of the MoU took place under the supervision of President Nechirvan Barzani, Commander-in-Chief of the Peshmerga forces, and in the presence of Prime Minister Masrour Barzani and Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, which confirms the Kurdistan Regional Government’s commitment to continuous security coordination with the United States of America within the framework of the Iraqi constitution and the Peshmerga reform program.
Source: National Iraqi News Agency