Saudi Believes in Kurdistan Too
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.