Dizayee: Kurds expected more from Turkey
Kurdistan region citizens complain about Turkey’s failure to support them in their war against terror
Official spokesperson of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Safeen Dizayee, said that due to the fact that Turkey did not extend its helping hand to Kurdistan and its government and people during their war against the Islamic State terrorists, the Kurdish people are very disappointed and have a lot of complaints about their neighbor, which has claimed to be a close friend of them.
"High ranking delegations such as presidents, prime ministers, other ministers and diplomatic delegations from foreign countries are visiting Kurdistan,” said Dizayee. "Definitely when people don't see such delegations from Turkey, it makes them complain more. People complain about their friends more than others.”
Dizayee added that Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani is visiting Istanbul on Sunday to participate in the World Economic Forum.
According to Dizayee during his stay there, Barzani is going to hold a number of meetings and is going to ask the U.S., Iran, Turkey and European countries to provide humanitarian and military support to the whole Iraq.
Dizayee also added that they have also asked the Iraqi government to assume some responsibility as most of the displaced people are from the non-Kurdish areas of Iraq.
Regarding Turkey's support, the KRG's spokesperson said they have done some things, but not much. He said they have built a very nice camp in Duhok and they hope they will build many more camps.
"We understand Turkey's political situations during the time when ISIS hold captive a number of their diplomats,” Dizayee explained. “It is not our job to explain what Turkey has done for us. We cannot say they haven't done anything; they did some things, but we respect their stance in not publicizing these issues.”
According to Dizayee, after the liberation of the Turkish diplomats, it is the decision of Turkey about what to do, as Turkey is a responsible and serious country, a powerful country in the region and a NATO member. Saying that the whole region is now under threat of terror, Dizayee indicated that Turkey should also think about the issue wisely.
"Our expectations from Turkey were much more and we hope that these things are done in good faith between true friends,” Dizayee concluded.
Official spokesperson of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Safeen Dizayee