Thursday 11 November 2021

KRG envoy Abdul Rahman meets with NSC Middle East director Leaf


Washington, DC, USA ( – Representative Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman met with Barbara A. Leaf, the US National Security Council Senior Director for the Middle East and North Africa, at the White House on Wednesday.

Ms. Abdul Rahman and Ms. Leaf exchanged views on Iraq’s recent parliamentary elections, the latest developments, and the political process ahead.

They condemned the recent assassination attempt against Iraq’s Prime Minister, Mustafa Kadhimi, and reiterated their respective governments’ position in support of democracy, rule of law and stability in Iraq.

Representative Abdul Rahman and Director Leaf also discussed the US-Kurdistan relationship and the response to the continuing threat from ISIS in Iraq, Syria and around the world.

Ms. Leaf, who has extensive diplomatic experience, has served in Iraq and Europe and was the US Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates from 2014 to 2018. She is President Joe Biden’s nominee to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs at the State Department.