“Accompanied by US Ambassador to Iraq Stuart Jones, Mr. McGurk met with senior government and security officials, including Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi, COR [Council of Representatives] Speaker Jabouri, Anbar Governor Rawi, President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Barzani and KRG DPM [Kurdistan Regional Government Deputy Prime Minister Qubad] Talabani,” the release said.
The embassy noted that McGurk commended the Iraqi security forces on their successful efforts in Fallujah as well as in Anbar province.
“Throughout, he emphasized continued US support for Iraqi Security Forces, through training, logistics, and air support, including ongoing operations to retake Qayarrah, which will further isolate Mosul and set the stage for its full liberation,” the release added.
The envoy called on the coalition partners to step up humanitarian efforts, and said that Washington is committed to increase its contributions.
While in Erbil, McGurk discussed joint coordination and planning of operations to retake Mosul with Barzani and Iraqi National Security Advisor Falah al-Fayyad.