President Barzani meets Hungarian PM
Hungarian Prime Minister Orban supports Kurdish independence and says Kurdistan can become an effective world country
Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and an accompanying senior KRG delegation met with Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban in Budapest on May 11 to discuss bilateral ties, and the Hungarian support for the Kurdistan Region in its fight against the ISIS terrorists.
In this meeting, Prime Minister Orban expressed his country’s strong support for the people of Kurdistan and its legitimate rights, es- pecially in the fight against terrorism.
“The Kurdistan region has all the qualities and basic criteria to declare independence and can become an effective world country,”
Orban added; “Even though they are not a country, they are fighting on behalf of the world.”
Orban reminded his audience of the difficulties Kurdish Iraq has been facing in its efforts to overcome the terrorist organization call- ing itself Islamic State, and once again pledged Hungary’s assistance.
He pointed out that Hungary had opened a consulate in Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan region and a city with about a million and a half residents, and underlined that it had always called for the full involvement of the Sunni and Kurdish communities in political dialogue.
Regarding the troops Hungary is preparing to send to the Kurdistan Region to help train local forces, Orban said that the Hungarian officers were already onsite preparing for the troops. While the primary beneficiaries of stability in the region would be the local residents, he added, stability was also important to the West and Europe.
Hungary’s parliament voted on April 14 to send a maximum of 150 soldiers to a training center in Erbil. Under the current decision, the Hungarian troops will remain in Erbil until December 31, 2017.
For his part, President Barzani thanked the Hungarian government for its support to the peshmerga and welcomed a recent decision by the Hungarian parliament to authorize the deployment of a military contingent to help with the training of the peshmerga forces. The President extended an invitation to Prime Minister Orban to visit Kurdistan. The two also discussed enhancing bilateral ties, including cooperation in the energy sector.
During his official visit to Budapest, President Barzani and his accompanying KRG delegation also held meetings with the Hungarian President János Áder, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó and the country’s defense Minister Csaba Hende.