U.S. to halt its support if reforms do not progress within Peshmerga forces – minister

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SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The United States will halt its support if the reforms within the Peshmerga forces do not further progress said the Peshmerga minister on Saturday.

After his arrival in the United States of America the Kurdistan Region Peshmerga minister Shoresh Ismael along with a ministerial delegation met senior U.S. officials from the U.S. Department of State to discuss the unification of Peshmerga forces, according to a press conference.

“Our visit to the U.S. was crucial and necessary, we dispatched the message of the Kurdistan Region to senior officials in Washington which see itself in protecting security and stability,” Ismael told the press conference.

“The Americans have explicitly told us that they will halt the support to the Peshmerga forces if the reforms do not progress furthermore,” He said.

In February 2018, the Ministry of Peshmerga announced a 35-point plan to make the Peshmerga a more efficient, modern, and non-partisan fighting force, which was developed in consultation with advisors from the U.S., UK, and Germany.

The Peshmerga ministry’s reforms include the unification of its units that are not under the command of the official military institution as well as training for the forces.

“We have made great steps so far toward the unification of the forces as well as reforms, U.S. officials were pleased and expressed support for further steps” Ismael added.

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