Barzani: thankful for our friends
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.