Head of KDP’s For­eign Re­la­tions meet 30 diplo­mats

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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.

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