US welcomes Iraq-Kurd leader Barzani's resignation

 30 Oct 2017 - 17:51

US welcomes Iraq-Kurd leader Barzani's resignation
An Iraqi Kurd wears a scarf bearing a portrait of the Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani, during a protest in support of him, in Arbil, the capital of autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan, on October 30, 2017. AFP / SAFIN HAMED

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Washington: The United States commended former Iraqi-Kurdish president Massud Barzani's decision to step down on Monday, pledging to work closely with his nephew and prime minister Nechirvan Barzani.

"Barzani is a historic figure and courageous leader of his people, most recently in our common fight to destroy ISIS," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said, a day after Barzani's resignation.

"This decision represents an act of statesmanship during a difficult period."