McCain meets Barzani, commends Peshmerga efforts against ISIS

uring his visit, McCain also met with Kurdish PM Nechirvan Barzani and Peshmerga commanders

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In a meeting with Kurdish President Massoud Barzani on Saturday, U.S. Senator John McCain commended the efforts of Kurdish Peshmerga forces in their fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group, Erbil-based Bas News website reported.

“Courageous and capable people are leading the fight against ISIS militants and that’s why the Kurds have become a trusted ally to the entire world”, the Republican senator was quoted as saying by Bas News.


McCain also met with Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and Peshmerga commanders during his visit.

The Kurdish president stressed to McCain and his delegation the threat posed by ISIS on the region and U.S. interests, adding that international efforts are needed to stop the militant group.

According to Bas News, the Kurdistan Presidency Council said in a statement that Barzani and McCain discussed joint efforts between the Pentagon and the Peshmerga to tackle the ISIS offensive.

McCain also lauded the Kurdish government’s efforts in providing assistance to the thousands of Iraqi Christians and Kurdish Yazidis displaced by the threat posed by ISIS.

Additionally, Kurdish news website Rudaw reported that McCain would push for efforts in Washington towards arming the Peshmerga forces.

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