Massoud Barzani to meet with US Vice President Pence

According to Kurdish media outlet Rudaw, the out-of-term President of the Kurdistan Regional Government Massoud Barzani, who is in Germany for the Munich Security Conference, will meet with US Vice President Mike Pence.

Barzani has already met with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Armenian foreign minister Edward Nalbandian and US defence secretary James Mattis in Munich.

Barzani’s principal adviser Hemin Hawrami, who is accompanying him, announced, “the president met with Kuwait’s foreign minister today. His most important meeting of the day will be with the US’s vice president.”

Hawrami also announced that Barzani will meet with Iraq’s prime minister Haider al-Abadi and US senators later in the day.

Although in 2013 with bipartisan support and then in August 2015 the Judicial Council of the Kurdistan Region had extended Barzani’s time in office, which was constitutionally limited to two terms, several opposition political parties never recognised the decision.

The discussions around Barzani’s reluctance to leave the presidency have led to the suspension of Kurdistan’s regional parliament which has not convened for over 18 months.