Pres­i­dent Barzani: Ei­ther We Die or We Live To­gether Freely

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Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent met with a del­e­ga­tion from France in Er­bil

All mi­nori­ties in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion are en­sured of their rights as Pres­i­dent Barzani says “ei­ther we die or we live to­gether freely.”

While meet­ing with François Fil­lon, the for­mer Prime Min­is­ter of France, and his ac­com­pa­ny­ing del­e­ga­tion on Satur­day, Barzani stressed out that the cul­ture of peace­ful co­ex­is­tence has his­toric root in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion where reli­gious and eth­nic mi­nori­ties have been liv­ing all in peace for cen­turies.

Barzani also briefed the guests on the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in the war against the Is­lamic State (ISIS), stress­ing out that ter­ror­ism is not a threat against a spe­cific sect, but it is a global threat which re­quires se­ri­ous in­ter­na­tional ef­forts to be erad­i­cated.

He em­pha­sized that a prior plan is also needed for the post-ISIS era, by which the rights of ev­ery com­po­nent in the re­gion is pre­served.

Fil­lon com­mended the role of Pesh­merga forces in pro­tect­ing peo­ple against IS atroc­i­ties re­gard­less of their eth­nic- ity and reli­gion. He also vowed to spare no ef­fort to gain fur­ther in­ter­na­tional sup­port for the Pesh­merga to help them in their war on ter­ror­ism.

Kurds, Chris­tians and other mi­nori­ties share the same destin in the re­gion, Barzani said

Barzani met on Tues­day with Pa­tri­arch of Syr­iac Or­tho­dox Church to dis­cuss the fu­ture of Chris­tians and other mi­nori­ties as well as their rights in the re­gion.

Ignatius Aphrem II, the Pa­tri­arch of An­ti­och and All the East and Supreme Leader of the Univer­sal Syr­ian Or­tho­dox Church, thanked Barzani for sup­port­ing Chris­tians in the re­gion and en­cour­ag­ing them not to leave their an­ces­tral home­land.

He also re­quested Barzani to spare no ef­fort to lib­er­ate the Chris­tian ar­eas from the Is­lamic State, and help them re­turn to their homes.

Barzani ex­plained that ter­ror­ism is not a threat merely against a spe­cific com­po­nent or reli­gious com­mu­nity, but it is rather a global threat against hu­man­ity.

Kurds, Chris­tians and other com­po­nents in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion share the same des­tiny, said Barzani, not­ing that they should stay in their home­land and never think of mi­gra­tion.

Con­cern­ing the an­tiISS ef­forts, Barzani re­asserted that a prior plan is re­quired for the post-ISIS era to se­cure the rights of the mi­nori­ties.

The guests again thanked the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment ( KRG) for shel­ter­ing a large num­ber of refugees and IDPs, and high­lighted the spirit of co­ex­is­tence among the peo­ple in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

Barzani sends con­do­lences to Syr­ian Kur­dish com­man­der

On Thurs­day, Pres­i­dent of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Ma­soud Barzani of­fered his con­do­lences to the fam­ily of the Syr­ian Kur­dish com­man­der Faisal Sadoun (known as Abu Layla) who lost his life in Man­bij op­er­a­tion last week.

Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Pres­i­dency (KRP) an­nounced that Pres­i­dent Barzani called Yousef Abu Aziz, Abu Layla’s brother, of­fer­ing his con­do­lences to the fam­ily of the top com­man­der.

“Barzani ex­pressed his deep sor­row and sympa- thy with the fam­ily of Abu Laila, the com­man­der who was mar­tyred in a bat­tle to lib­er­ate the city of Man­bij,” KRP state­ment said.

The state­ment fur­ther noted that Pres­i­dent Barzani de­scribed the late com­man­der Abu Layla as the ‘Hero of Kobani’ be­cause he sac­ri­ficed his life to save and pro­tect the peo­ple and land of Kur­dis­tan.

The com­man­der and founder of North­ern Sun Bat­tal­ion (known as Shams al-Shamal in Ara­bic) af­fil­i­ated with FSA, Faisal Sadoun was shot on June 3 in the op­er­a­tion launched by the US-backed, Kur­dish-led Syr­ian Demo­cratic Forces (SDF) to lib­er­ate the north­ern Syr­ian town of Man­bij, a key IS strong­hold north­west of Aleppo.

Abu Layla was then im­me­di­ately trans­ported by a US mil­i­tary he­li­copter to a hospi­tal in the city of Su­laimani in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion of Iraq and suc­cumbed to his wounds on Sun­day.

The Man­bij op­er­a­tion whose name was changed into Mar­tyr Abu Layla op­er­a­tion was launched.

On Thurs­day, the SDF an­nounced that they be­sieged Man­bij and that they could shell ISIS tar­gets in­side the city.

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