Pres­i­dent Barzani’s mes­sage on anti-ISIS con­fer­ence

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The Kur­dish Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani said he was dis­ap­pointed that the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion was not in­vited to the anti-ISIS coali­tion con­fer­ence in London where on Thurs­day.

“The London meet­ing to counter the ISIS ter­ror­ist group is be­ing held at a time when Kur­dis­tan has been di­rect­ing fight­ing this ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion, and when our brave pesh­merga, by sac­ri­fic­ing their lives, have in­flicted heavy de­feats on the ISIS ter­ror­ists,” said Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani in a state­ment.

Lead­ers of 21 coali­tion states gath­ered in London to stress their com­mit­ment against ISIS and the im­pact coali­tion air strikes have made against the rad­i­cal group.

Fol­low­ing the ISIS on­slaught, Barzani said the pesh­merga have sac­ri­ficed their lives to pro­tect hun­dreds of thou­sands of dis­placed peo­ple, in­clud­ing mem­bers of dif­fer­ent eth­nic and re­li­gious com­mu­ni­ties. They have lib­er­ated large swaths of ter­ri­tory re­gard­less of the back­ground of the peo­ple of th­ese ar­eas.

“We were ex­pect­ing ev­ery­one to show re­spect to the sac­ri­fices made by the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan and its pesh­merga by invit­ing a rep­re­sen- tative from Kur­dis­tan to this event and sim­i­lar such events. There is no doubt that the most ef­fec­tive force to be fight­ing global ter­ror­ism on the ground and in a di­rect way are the pesh­merga,” said Barzani

The London con­fer­ence was held a day after Kur­dish Pesh­merga forces launched a ma­jor of­fen­sive against ISIS west of Mo­sul where they killed 200 mil­i­tants and took tens of square miles of ter­ri­tory from the rad­i­cal group.

“We ex­press the dis­sat­is­fac­tion of our­selves and our peo­ple with the or­ga­niz­ers of this con­fer­ence. It is dis­heart­en­ing for us to see the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan make sac­ri­fices, while oth­ers to re­ceive the credit,” Stated Barzani

Barzani thinks that the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan de­serve to have their rep­re­sen­ta­tive at such in­ter­na­tional gath­er­ings to con­vey the views of the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan and its brave pesh­merga. “The peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan are bear­ing the brunt of the sit­u­a­tion and no in­di­vid­ual or side can rep­re­sent it and speak on its stead in in­ter­na­tional gath­er­ings.” Said Barzani

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