Barzani wel­comes first Saudi Ara­bian consul gen­eral

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Gazi Has­san

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.

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