Barzani welcomes first Saudi Arabian consul general
We know that Kurdistan is passing through severe crisis, but it’s not only Kurdistan that has economic hardship. Baghdad has hit rock bottom and owes more than 81 billion USD. Haidar Al-Abbadi has also used all money reserves without returning to bank officials. The falling price of oil has caused concerns in Russia, Iran, Venezuela, Arab Gulf countries and Europeans countries as well. So the financial crisis in Kurdistan is part of the international crisis. It seems natural that enemies want Kurdistan to fall financially; yet because Kurdistan is not a state, this adds to its right for statehood.
Amidst political dilemma and awaiting further military outcomes in Syria with a deepening Russian-US conflict, the area is sinking into troubled waters. Amidst the claim of the KRG’s demise by political opponents and opposing political groups, the Saudi Arabian consulate was opened, resulting in great favor for Hawler. During a meeting with President Masoud Barzani, maintaining bilateral relations was discussed, reiterating “terrorism and radicalism threats on security and stability of the area.” This is considered as a new outset in the Region’s relations with Arab counties. It’s true that Saudi’s step came after a long wait, but it will form a new horizon and a productive diplomatic step for the area’s future, security and stability.
The second event, in which President Barzani took part, was remembering the 55th year of independence and 25th year of Kuwait’s liberation. Kuwait Consul “praised President Barzani’s role in leading the fight against terrorists and the brave roles of Kurdistan Peshmerge in confronting the terrorists to protect human values.”
While the Kurdistan Region is de- veloping its diplomatic ties, it is working to strengthen the role of the Peshmerge in defeating ISIS, and providing services to more than 1 million and 700 thousand refugees and IDPs; at the same time it is carrying out reforms and surpassing a financial crisis. Meanwhile the PKK may have blown up the Kurdistan Region’s oil and gas pipelines, an action that’s opposite to all political trends.
As the Kurdistan Region is working to preserve its mutual interest with countries of the area, it respects the friendly coordination among Kurdish political parties in all other parts of Kurdistan, without negative intervention to state affairs or even the political parties themselves. However, as a result of its involvement in some regional countries’ policies used by the Russian, Iranian, Iraqi and Syrian coalition, the perpetrator’s behavior causes a severe crisis for the people of Kurdistan themselves in the area.
Besides the ongoing financial crisis in the Kurdistan Region, it still welcomes Saudi Arabia in Hawler. Some may think this could be the Region’s alienation to the Saudi led Sunni front, but in fact this is a shortsighted and sectarian opinion. Saudi could provide great support for solving the financial crisis too. The Kurdistan Region is against terrorism, not any of the region’s states and parties, but at the same time is not unaware of the plots some countries make against the Kurdistan Region. The same lesson can be learned from remembering Kuwait’s Independence. Kurdistan needs to cross the enclosed circles towards friendly and widespread relations. Kurds need to restore dignity and achieve the independent cooperation and deal with ally countries, which is the best measure of victory and overcoming the crises.