Head of KDP’s Foreign Relations meet 30 diplomats
Head of KDP’s Foreign Relations, Hemin Hawrami, hosted a seminar for diplomats in Salahaddin for talks on the current political conditions in the Kurdistan Region amid rising speculation on Massoud Barzani's potential extension to his tenure as president.
Attended by General Consuls and representatives of Consulates, the Head of KDP’s Foreign Relations Office initially underlined the situation on the presidency in the Kurdistan Region. He reiterated the fact that based on a ‘de-facto’ agreement between the KDP and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in 2005, the incumbent Massoud Barzani would serve as president of Kurdistan and Jalaal Talabani would take on the role of president of Iraq.
President Barzani suggested in June 2015 that democratic presidential elections should be held later this August, but due to the Kurdistan Election Commission, a two-month period was not sufficient to prepare an election. To preserve democracy, the KDP said the election of president should be based on a consensus between all political parties.
There was not a single nomination received from other political parties to appoint a candidate for presidency, neither did they agree to a public voting to choose a candidate, instead they insisted on the proposal that the Parliament should select a new president. However, the KDP adamantly reiterated that it must be a democratic process in which the general public should decide.
Speaking about the current conditions in the Kurdistan Region, Hawrami said it has been a difficult 12 months due to the ongoing conflict with the Islamic State militants. Moreover, he informed the guests about the economic hardship the KRG faces because of the large number of internally displaced people and refugees. Now they have reached more than 1,500.000 people in Kurdistan.
To conclude the seminar, Hawrami thanked the diplomats for their participation. He thanked also their governments for the support they have shown to strengthen the bilateral relations with the KRG.
The Consuls and representatives were from France, Italy, Germany, Russia, UAE, Romania, Iran, the Netherlands, the United States, Sudan, China, Republic of Korea, Bulgaria, Turkey, Egypt, and Palestine.