Head of KRG De­part­ment of For­eign Re­la­tions asks diplo­mats to urge their coun­tries to help Kur­dis­tan Re­gion

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The KRG De­part­ment of For­eign Re­la­tions and the KRG Min­istry of Pesh­merga Af­fairs on Au­gust 7, met with diplo­mats and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions that are based in Er­bil on the lat­est se­cu­rity, hu­man­i­tar­ian and po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments.

At the begin­ning the Head of the KRG De­part­ment of For­eign Re­la­tions, Min­is­ter Falah Mustafa, thanked the diplo­mats for their at­ten­dance and dis­cussed the se­cu­rity threat posed by the Is­lamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, Iraq and the en­tire Mid­dle East. Min­is­ter Mustafa said, “ISIS con­sid­ers all who do not share their ide­ol­ogy as en­e­mies. They are against the fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ples of hu­man­ity.”

He added, “We are deal­ing with a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion with mem­bers across the world, and it is a threat to all. Fight­ing ISIS is not only the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. Ter­ror­ism is an in­ter­na­tional threat, and there­fore the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity has a re­spon­si­bil­ity to sup­port the KRG as it com­bats ISIS.”

The Min­is­ter asked diplo­mats to urge their coun­tries to take ac­tion. “We have re­ceived ex­pres­sions of ap­pre­ci­a­tion and grat­i­tude from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity as we pro­vide a safe haven for refugees and IDPs and com­bat a ruth­less ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion. It is now time for the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to step for­ward, ur­gently, and pro­vide the KRG with hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance and mil­i­tary sup­port, par­tic­u­larly air sup­port.”

Jabar Yawar, of­fi­cial spokesper­son of the Min­istry of Pesh­merga Af­fairs, briefed diplo­mats about mil­i­tary de­vel­op­ments on the ground. High­light­ing the Pesh­merga forces’ ur­gent need for mil­i­tary sup­port, he said, “Prior to the with­drawal of the U.S forces and long be­fore the fall of Mo­sul, 100,000 Iraqi soldiers, 20,000 Amer­i­can soldiers, and the Pesh­merga forces were jointly pro­tect­ing the line be­tween the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and the rest of Iraq, which is 1050 km. Un­for­tu­nately, the Pesh­merga forces are now alone in pro­tect­ing those ar­eas with their lim­ited mil­i­tary weaponry.”

High­light­ing the on­go­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis on Mount Sin­jar, Min­is­ter Mustafa called upon the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to pro­vide ur­gent sup­port, in­clud­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian aid and air trans­porta­tion, for the thou­sands of fam­i­lies stranded on the moun­tain.

The Min­is­ter ad­dressed the ten­sion be­tween Er­bil and Baghdad, stat­ing that “the fed­eral govern­ment has not sent the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion any share of the fed­eral rev­enue, in vi­ola- tion of the Iraqi Con­sti­tu­tion. Mean­while, the po­lit­i­cal process in Iraq re­mains at an im­passe.”

Egyp­tian Con­sul Soli­man Os­man, Dean of the con­sular corps, ex­pressed his grat­i­tude for the brief­ing on be­half of the diplo­mats. Dur­ing the meet­ing, sev­eral diplo­mats and rep­re­sen­ta­tives ex­changed thoughts on the re­cent de­vel­op­ments.

The meet­ing was at­tended by diplo­mats from Egypt, France, the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion, Jor­dan, Pal- es­tine, the United States of Amer­ica, Turkey, Ger­many, Poland, the Nether­lands, Iran, Italy, Ro­ma­nia, France, the United King­dom, the Repub­lic of Korea, Ja­pan, the United Arab Emi­rates, Poland, Ro­ma­nia, the Czech Repub­lic, Hun­gary, Greece, the United Na­tions, and the EU’s Hu­man­i­tar­ian Aid Or­gan­i­sa­tion, ECHO.

The meet­ing was also at­tended by se­nior officials from the KRG De­part­ment of For­eign Re­la­tions.

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