KRP responds to Syrian Foreign Minister
The Lebanese newspaper “Al-Akhbar” published an interview with the Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem on November 6. In the interview, the minister al-Muallem talks offensively about Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani and the city of Kobani. He mentions Kobani by its arabized name Ain al-Arab.
When al-Muallem was asked if he expects a Turkish military assault, he said, “The Turkish position on ISIS’s assault on Ain al-Arab rallied the Kurds everywhere against the Turkish government. Kurds, not only in Turkey where they number 15 million, are increasingly rallying around the leadership of Abdullah Ocalan, including the Iraqi Kurds; with every additional day of steadfastness in Ain al-Arab Massoud Barzani and his ally, Erdogan, lose.”
In response to this offensive statement, the Kurdistan Region Presidency’s official spokesperson, Umed Sabah, said, “People of Kobani and Rojava know better than anyone else who has helped them. Walid al-Muallem is not in the position to distribute patriotic cards. It seems he has forgotten that the first Arabization process was initiated in Syria, and by chauvinists like him.”
Sabah added shockingly how al-Muallem dared to talk about the PKK leader, Abdullah Ocalan: “Ocalan was in Syria, but they forced him to leave, and participated in the conspiracy to arrest him. If al-Muallem tries to tell the truth, he should admit the existence of Kurds in Syria.”