Ger­man con­sulate marks 23 years of re­uni­fi­ca­tion in Er­bil

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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.

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