USCIRF chair meets Barzani in Erbil

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – Chair of the US Committee for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Nadine Maenza met the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (PDK), Masoud Barzani, in Erbil, in the capital of the Kurdistan region of Iraq (KRG), yesterday and discussed a number of issues, including the Syrian Kurdish issue.

The meeting took place at Barzani’s headquarters in the Salah al-Din resort, north of Erbil. 

Maenza praised the Peshmerga forces’ sacrifices in the war against ISIS and the Kurdistan region’s hosting of hundreds of thousands of refugees, according to a statement issued by Barzani’s headquarter. 

They both discussed the religious situation and coexistence in the region and the culture of coexistence.

The political situation in Syria, the people’s living conditions, and the relations between the Kurdish political parties in Syria constituted another focus of the meeting.

But the statement of Barzani’s headquarters did not mention the details of the talk about the Syrian issues. 

Last week, Maenza visited northeast Syria, during which she met the Commander-in-Chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces, Mazloum Abdi.

Maenza described the meeting as wonderful, in which they talked about the security situation and the many challenges facing Syria, according to a post on her Facebook account, accompanied by a photo of her with Abdi and a senior commander of YPJ, Newroz Ahmad.

Reporting by Hozan Zubeir