Kurdish regional government says US pledged to continue supporting Peshmerga – Middle East Monitor
The Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq said on Tuesday that the United States is committed to continuing to support security forces in the region known as Peshmerga, as well as federal security forces, in the fight against the militant group Daesh.
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin confirmed this in a letter to Kurdish Prime Minister Masrour Barzani. Austin stressed “the importance of moving forward in the strong relations between the Kurdistan region and the United States and a joint coordination to face [Daesh] The Terrorists.”
According to the autonomous government, the US official explained that America will continue to support the Peshmerga and Iraqi security forces, especially in the exchange of information and intelligence.
Meanwhile, Iraqi President Barham Salih met with US Ambassador Matthew Tueller at the presidential residence in central Baghdad. They discussed “close bilateral relations and the development of cooperation in various fields, including strategic dialogue in a way that serves common interests.”
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Strengthening joint action to face the challenges of terrorism, cooperation against corruption and the financing of terrorism, and dealing with the dangerous repercussions of climate change were also on the agenda.
U.S. combat troops are expected to leave Iraq by the end of this year, according to an agreement reached by Baghdad and Washington on July 26.