German consulate marks 23 years of reunification in Erbil
German’s Consulate General hosted a Day of German Unity celebration in Erbil, on the 23st anniversary of Germany’s unification after the fall of the Berlin wall.
The event was attended by The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Minister of Interior, representative of Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani, Fuad Hussein, as well as other senior political officials and representatives of political parties, foreign consuls and several German citizens who are living in Erbil, capital of Kurdistan Region.
The recently-appointed German Consul General in Erbil, Alfred SimmsProtz, gave a warm welcome to the ministers, officials and other guests on the occasion of the 23rd anniversary of reunification of West and East Germany a year after the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989.
Simms also expressed his deep condolence to the family of the martyrs of Erbil blasts, which happened on Sunday Sep. 29. He reaffirmed that hold- ing the ceremony in Erbil means it is a clear message for the terrorists that they cannot frighten the society and halt the normal life in Kurdistan Region.
“Following the fall of dictatorship, the KRG has given a chance to its people to experience stability in the KRG administration and it has become a model for the rest of Iraq and the region as a whole,” said German Consul General in Erbil.
He also shed light on the recent Kurdistan legislative elections and said that, “The election showed a beautiful image of democracy to the world and it is seen as miracle in the region too.”
Simms additionally stated that the Kurds are one of the stateless nations in the world yet. German was the first foreign country which opened its consulate in Erbil in 2009.
Speaking at the ceremony, the KRG’s Minister of Interior, Kareem Sinjari, welcomed the guests and congratulated the people and government of Germany on the 23rd years of the reunification. He reaffirmed that nothing can be imposed by power and the peaceful will of the people will triumph over it one day. He stated that reunification of Germany was a message that oppression and injustice will end.
German Unity Day is annually held on October 3 to mark the anniversary of the nation>s unification. It remembers when the Federal Republic of Germany and the Democratic Republic of Germany united to create one single, federal Germany on October 3, 1990.