UN chief discusses with Barzani combating IS

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and President of Iraq's Kurdistan Region Massoud Barzani
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and President of Iraq’s Kurdistan Region Massoud Barzani

IRBIL, March 26 (KUNA) — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and President of Iraq’s Kurdistan Region Massoud Barzani discussed on Saturday means of combating the so-called Islamic State (IS).
This came during a meeting between Barzani and Ban who accompanied by a high-level delegation, said the region in a statement today, adding that the visit gives a hope to the region’s people.
The region is combating terrorism and hosting a large number of internally displaced persons, so it suffers from a severe financial crisis, the statement added.
During the meeting, Barzani referred to reforms made by the government, urging the UN and international community to help the government overcome the crisis.
Ban and his delegation, including World Bank president Jim Yong Kim and chief of Islamic Development Bank Dr. Mohammad Ali, expressed their support for people in the region, it noted.
The two banks’ chiefs stressed their readiness to help the region aid refuges and IDP.
Ban arrived in the region late Saturday coming from Baghdad as part of a Middle East tour aiming to rally international support to enhance peace and development in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Ban met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi and discussed some issues. (end) sbr.hm