Kurdistan Parliament’s Peshmerga Affairs Committee discusses peshmerga reform with US and Dutch consulates
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Kurdistan Parliament’s Peshmerga Affairs Committee on Wednesday met with officials from the United States and Netherlands Consulate General representing the Multinational Consultative Group (MNAG) to discuss the latest updates on the reform peshmerga forces from the Kurdistan region.
The chairman of the Peshmerga Affairs Committee, Reving Hirori, received the representatives of the MNAG. They were Spencer Fields, Director of Political Affairs at the United States Consulate General, Said Hakimi, Second Secretary for Political Affairs at the Netherlands Consulate General, and Ala Rafiq, Political Affairs Assistant at the United States Consulate General. United.
“They discussed the reforms, the projects that the International Coalition is undertaking to unify the Peshmerga forces and the obstacles to the reform process,” A press release of the Kurdistan Parliament said on Wednesday.
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Hakimi said in a tweet that the consulates of the United States and the Netherlands met on behalf of the MNAG with the Peshmerga Committee of the Parliament of Kurdistan to “discuss peshmerga reform and related security matters.” The inclusion of the democratic institutions of KRI (Kurdistan Region of Iraq) is essential, so that the institutionalization of the peshmerga will benefit all KRIs.
The Netherlands, the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany form the unique multinational advisory group which enthusiastically supports the plan to remove local politics from the chain of command of the Peshmerga forces.
Other topics discussed at the meeting included military supplies and assistance, including US financial assistance to the Peshmerga, the future of the coalition presence, and drone and missile attacks against the United States. Kurdistan region.
The US-led coalition against ISIS provides stipends to the Department of the Peshmerga and also provides essential supplies such as ammunition, vehicles, food and fuel through the Counter-ISIS Train and Equip Fund program. Pentagon in Iraq.
“The Peshmerga Committee and the general officials of the United States and Netherlands consulates also spoke of the need for greater cooperation between the Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi Federal Army in order to fill the security gaps, and to this end the need to try to create a decision-making room for all parties to make decisions together, ”the parliament said.
Talks are underway between the Peshmerga ministry and Iraqi security forces over the establishment of joint commands and brigades in disputed territories between the Iraqi federal government and the KRG, such as Kirkuk and Makhmour.
These territories face constant threats from remnants of the Islamic State (IS) group due to a security vacuum that emerged after Iraqi forces and Iran-backed groups of Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) ) pushed the Peshmerga out of these disputed areas following the 2017 election of the Kurdistan region. referendum on independence.