Barzani: thank­ful for our friends

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Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Pres­i­dent Barzani and French For­eign Min­is­ter held a press con­fer­ence in Er­bil, cap­i­tal of the au­tonomous Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, on 10 Au­gust, 2014. Both talked about the re­cent de­vel­op­ments in Kur­dis­tan and Iraq as well as send­ing French hu­man­i­tar­ian aids to the Yazidis.

“I would like to thank French For­eign Min­is­ter for vis­it­ing Kur­dis­tan, as his visit is a great sup­port for the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan,” Pres­i­dent Barzani said.

Barzani also ex­pressed his grat­i­tude for the French govern­ment for send­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian aids to the Kur­dish mi­nor­ity of Yazidis. He also stressed on the re­al­ity of the co­ex­is­tence of dif­fer­ent re­li­gions and eth­nic groups in Kur­dis­tan.

“We, the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan with all the Kurds, Chris­tians, Turk­mens and Yazidis, live to­gether and die to­gether,” Barzani said at the press con­fer­ence.

He fur­ther added: “We will not al­low the ter­ror­ists to de­stroy the historic re­la­tions be­tween the Kurds and Arabs.”

Barzani re­as­sured the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan that “the Kurds have pa­tri­otic Pesh­marga forces and true friends that’s why suc­cess is within our reach.”

The French Min­is­ter ex­pressed sup­port of his coun­try for Iraq and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. He stressed that France will keep send­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian aids for the trapped peo­ple in Mount Sin­jar and else­where. He sug­gested the Euro­pean coun­tries to es­tab­lish an air­lift to send hu­man­i­tar­ian aids for the Iraqi refugees who are set­tled in Kur­dis­tan.

He also asked all the Iraqi po­lit­i­cal par­ties to form a con­clu­sive govern­ment as soon as pos­si­ble.

French For­eign Min­is­ter Lau­rent Fabius was wel­comed by the Kur­dish se­nior officials in Er­bil on Sun­day 10 Au­gust, 2014. He has come to Kur­dis­tan to su­per­vise French aid de­liv­ery and show sup­port for the Kurds in fight­ing against ter­ror­ism.

The mi­nori­ties are be­ing vic­timised by the Is­lamic State mil­i­tants — rad­i­cal Is­lamists who took con­trol of strate­gic swaths of land in north­ern Iraq.

They have re­cently ad­vanced to­wards the Kur­dish ar­eas in north­ern Iraq and con­trolled Yazidi-in­hab­ited district of Sin­jar near Mo­sul and Kur­dish-pop­u­lated dis­puted district of Gwer, 50km west of Er­bil. The IS ad­vance has been stopped since US drones and fighter jets started shelling IS po­si­tions on both fronts. The Pesh­marga forces also ad­vance as fighter jets de­stroy IS po­si­tions.

Kur­dish me­dia re­ported that the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Pres­i­dent Massoud Barzani spoke with French Pres­i­dent Fran­cious Hol­land over the phone last week. The lat­ter as­sured Barzani that France “will stand by the civi­lan pop­u­la­tion, vic­tims of con­tin­ued mal­treat­ment of the Is­lamic State”.

Hol­land of France also spoke with the US Pres­i­dent Barak Obama stress­ing that his coun­try is ready to “shoul­der its re­spon­si­bil­i­ties” among na­tions will­ing to sup­port the Kur­dish in Iraq.

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