Resolving Erbil-Baghdad Crisis ‘Big Priority for US’: National Security Advisor
National Security Adviser to the US President, H.R. McMaster, said on Wednesday that finding a solution to the disputes between Erbil and Baghdad is “a big priority” for Donald Trump’s administration.
Speaking at an annual conference of the Jamestown Foundation, McMaster explained that Washington has been assisting Kurds since 1991 with Operation Provide Comfort (OPC), hoping to protect them from atrocities carried out against them.
“What happened?” McMaster asked. “You saw the Kurdish Region flourish.”
He valued the developments in Kurdistan Region and said, “It’s a miracle, almost, what happened in Northern Iraq in terms of beautiful cities in Sulaimani, Erbil, and Dohuk.”
“We think an important aspect of Iraq being strong is resolving this conflict and tension between the Kurdish Region and the rest of Iraq,” he said, as reported by Kurdistan24. “So we’re committed to that.”
“We are committed to the territorial integrity of Iraq and also the territorial integrity of the Kurdish Region… We are committed to work together with the Kurdish leadership [and] the Iraqi leadership to mediate the best we can.”