President Barzani: Either We Die or We Live Together Freely
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.