On March 16 and 17, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Stuart Jones and Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL Brett McGurk participated in the Fourth Annual Sulaimani Forum at the American University of Iraq in Sulaimaniyah. U.S. Consul General for Erbil Matthias Mitman joined the Ambassador and SPE McGurk.
In remarks delivered at the Forum, Ambassador Jones discussed the economic challenges facing all of Iraq, including the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, and the need for serious economic reforms and diversification. While in Sulaimaniyah, the Ambassador met with Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and Gorran party leadership, with whom he discussed a number of political and economic issues and reaffirmed the U.S.-led Coalition’s commitment to defeating Da’esh.