Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Kurdistan Regional Government Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani met with a number of European leaders during his visit to the continent this week.

In the Netherlands, Mr. Talabani met separately with the Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders and Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert.

In the meetings, Mr. Talabani discussed the fight against the so-called Islamic State terrorist organization, Kurdistan Regional Government’s reform programs, and bilateral ties.

The Dutch officials praised Kurdistan’s military forces, the Peshmerga, for their fight against terrorists, describing them as a symbol of courage. They also stressed that the Netherlands will will continue to provide military support to the KRG until ISIS is eliminated.

Kurdistan Region Deputy Prime Minister also met with officials from the European Union, including Christos Stylianides, the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management.

The Kurdistan Region’s fight against terror topped the agenda of the Brussels meetings, along with the scheduled independence referendum.

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