Deputy prime minister tells coalition: ‘political disputes should not obstruct reform within Peshmerga’

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Deputy Prime Minister, Qubad Talabani, met with the Deputy Commanding General of the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq and Syria, Andrew Garner along with his accompanying delegation on Thursday.

The meeting took place in the Kurdistan Region capital, Erbil, where the deputy prime minister and the coalition delegation stressed the reforms within Kurdistan’s Peshmerga forces.

The deputy prime minister reaffirmed the proceeding of the reforms within the Peshmerga forces despite the ongoing political disputes, according to a press release.

“The political disputes should not obstruct the reform process,” the deputy prime minister told the coalition delegation.

Moreover, the delegation commended the stances of the deputy prime minister for his constant support of the reforms within the Ministry of Peshmerga.

They also emphasized that the Peshmerga Ministry must enjoy greater power to accelerate the reform process, said the press release.

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.

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