Saudi Be­lieves in Kur­dis­tan Too

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

Saudi is one of the great­est de­ci­sion-making Arab states which has in­flu­ence not only in the Mid­dle East but also in­ter­na­tion­ally. Build­ing friend­ship and ties with this coun­try will have im­pacts on the Ara­bic, Is­lamic and even in­ter­na­tional lev­els. Lay­ing royal car­pet for the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani in­di­cates Saudi’s ini­tia­tive to­wards Kurds; more­over, it in­di­cates the de­vel­op­ment of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s diplo­macy and strate­gic re­la­tions.

Start­ing from the Septem­ber Revo­lu­tion, Kurds have worked for the co­op­er­a­tion and mu­tual un­der­stand­ing be­tween the revo­lu­tion and Saudi as a state. The same has been done other times as well, how­ever steps have never been as pro­duc­tive as it is now. This could be due to a com­bi­na­tion of fac­tors that have been in fa­vor of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

As a re­sult of its fight against ISIS and a num­ber of con­se­quences that came from neg­a­tive devel­op­ments, the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion man­aged to con­vince Saudi that it’s time to build a new po­lit­i­cal trust and con­fi­dence with the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan and the re­gion and to make rad­i­cal changes in its opin­ions. Ac­cord­ing to the sources, they’re due to open their con­sulate in Er­bil, which can be an of­fi­cial op­por­tu­nity for po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ment and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and the King­dom of Saudi Ara­bia. In ad­di­tion to that, af­ter King Sal­man took of­fice, an­other fac­tor was born for achiev­ing this new and im- por­tant re­la­tion­ship of Saudis with the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

Crit­ics may state it as creep­ing into the Is­lamic and Arab Sunni front against the Shias and their al­liances. No one can deny the di­vi­sion of the area into two sec­tar­ian fronts, but not ev­ery step taken by Kur­dis­tan Re­gion would nec­es­sar­ily mean go­ing into fronts against the oth­ers. The Kur­dis­tan Re­gion was be­ing an­tic­i­pated to fall, but on the con­trary, it’s the front against ISIS that has opened a new Arab and in­ter­na­tional op­por­tu­nity with var­i­ous po­lit­i­cal, diplo­matic and mil­i­tary as­pects into Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. That means that the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion has gained an ad­van­tage from the re­la­tions and has strength­ened its po­si­tion, not us­ing it in the sec­tar­ian con­flicts, be­cause Kur­dis­tan Re­gion is nei­ther against Shia not the Sun­nis. The KRG has worked to im­prove its re­la­tions with Shia Iran like any other coun­tries, as seen in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s PM of­fi­cial visit to Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran.

By open­ing its doors, the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion has also be­lieved in the in­ter­na­tional so­ci­ety and coun­tries in the Mid­dle East. Types of re­la­tions such as the one ini­ti­ated with Saudi Ara­bia are new and ef­fec­tive, but we should not forget that re­la­tions are built upon mu­tual in­ter­ests. It’s an in­di­ca­tion that Kur­dis­tan Re­gion also has its own in­ter­ests and has de­vel­oped in this do­main—so other coun­tries should be ready to deal with it.

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