U.S. Con­gress­men call to re­move Kurds from ter­ror list

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

The Chair­man of the United States’ Congress For­eign Com­mit­tee, which con­sists of diplo­mats from the Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs, supports Kur­dis­tan's Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani’s call to have Kurds' names re­moved from the US na­tional black­list.

The Chair­man of the United States’ Congress For­eign Com­mit­tee, which con­sists of diplo­mats from the Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs, supports Kur­dis­tan's Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani’s call to have Kurds' names re­moved from the US na­tional black­list.

Fol­low­ing Pres­i­dent Barzani’s re­fusal of a White House in­vi­ta­tion, Kur­dis­tan TV, a Kur­dish Satel­lite TV chan­nel, tried to as­sess the view of the US on this is­sue via some of the coun­try’s politi­cians.

Ini­tially, Congress and the White House re­fused to com­ment, but the Depart­ment of For­eign Re­la­tions later sug­gested that the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s rep­re­sen­ta­tion should be con­tacted to clar­ify the sit­u­a­tion.

U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive and head of the Congress For­eign Af­fairs Com­mit­tee, Ed Royce, states that, as far as he un­der­stands it, two Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal par­ties (the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party and the Pa­tri­otic Union of Kur­dis­tan) have been black­listed for decades, even though they have brought peace to the re­gion.

Royce says that Al Qaida and its af­fil­i­ates have grown in in­flu­ence through­out the Mid­dle East and even in Kur­dis­tan, and that his coun­try has to re­visit the sit­u­a­tion and re­view any un­fair de­ci­sions that may have been made in re­la­tion to their friends, given that keep­ing their names on the list would harm bi­lat­eral re­la­tions with the Kurds.

Brett McGurk, US Deputy As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary for Iraq and Iran at the Bureau of Near East­ern Af­fairs stated that the KDP and the PUK are among “our clos­est friends in the re­gion and this has been true for decades.” McGurk be­lieves the de­ci­sion to re­move the names of the KDP and PUK from his coun­try’s black­list is a must and should be im­ple­mented as soon as pos­si­ble.

McGurk said they can­not do a lot in the ad­min­is­tra­tion, but would def­i­nitely sup­port an ini­tia­tive to solve this is­sue.

He promised that they would work on the is­sue in co­op­er­a­tion with the rel­e­vant congress com­mit­tees.

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