Barzani hails Kuwaitis’ unity dur­ing in­va­sion

Kuwait plays in­te­gral role within re­gion, world: Ze­bari

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IRBIL: The Kuwaiti peo­ple set a re­mark­able ex­am­ple of na­tional unity dur­ing the 1990 in­va­sion, said Pres­i­dent of the Iraqi Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Ma­soud Barzani. His state­ment came while re­ceiv­ing a del­e­ga­tion of Kuwaiti jour­nal­ists and me­dia fig­ures, where he ex­toled strong ties be­tween the au­ton­o­mous re­gion and Kuwait, un­der­lin­ing that Kuwaiti hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to the re­gion has highly con­trib­uted in al­le­vi­at­ing suf­fer­ing of the dis­placed, as well as less­en­ing the bur­den off lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

On the ref­er­en­dum slated for next Septem­ber, Barzani played down fears sug­gest­ing that the move will be re­ceived as a “great dan­ger” threat­en­ing the re­gion, re­ca­pit­u­lat­ing at the same time that the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion would do so. Neigh­bor­ing coun­tries should not fear the ref­er­en­dum, as Iraq’s Kur­dis­tan - through­out the last 26 years - proved to be a fac­tor of sta­bil­ity in the re­gion, and it will con­tinue to be so, which would boost eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal ties even fur­ther, he noted. Both Iran and Turkey op­pose hold­ing the ref­er­en­dum slated for Sept 25 to de­ter­mine the re­gion’s in­de­pen­dence from Iraq.

Yet, ac­cord­ing to Barzani, the United States did not op­pose the move, but has shown some reser­va­tion, say­ing it was “not the right time” to hold it. He broke down the his­tory be­tween the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan and suc­ces­sive Iraqi gov­ern­ments into two ma­jor phases - from 1920 to 2003 and from 2003 (the oust­ing of Sad­dam Hus­sein) un­til now.

The peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan were never seen as part­ners, for the sim­ple fact that it re­fuses to be a fol­lower, or ex­cluded for that mat­ter, Barzani noted. This is why we need to be good neigh­bors in or­der to pre­vent big­ger prob­lems to arise, he said. On the cur­rent se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in re­cent­lylib­er­ated Mo­sul, Kur­dis­tan’s largest city, Barzani said if it was not for the Pesh­merga (Kur­dis­tan’s mil­i­tary), the le­gacy of the so-called Is­lamic State (IS) would had never been de­stroyed. On July 10, Iraq an­nounced the lib­er­a­tion of Mo­sul from the grip of IS.

Strong pres­ence

On the ac­count of its strong pres­ence within the po­lit­i­cal and hu­man­i­tar­ian spheres, Kuwait is play­ing an in­te­gral role within the re­gional and in­ter­na­tional do­mains, said for­mer For­eign Min­is­ter of Iraq Hosh­yar Ze­bari on Fri­day. Speak­ing to the del­e­ga­tion of Kuwaiti jour­nal­ists and me­dia per­son­nel, Ze­bari lauded the strong ties link­ing Kuwait and Iraq, af­firm­ing that Kuwaiti hu­man­i­tar­ian con­tri­bu­tions, es­pe­cially in the Kur­dis­tan re­gion, were strongly ad­mired and re­spected.

Ze­bari said that his meet­ing with the Kuwaiti del­e­ga­tion fo­cused on the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in Iraq, in ad­di­tion to re­cent de­vel­op­ments in the re­gion. Ze­bari took the chance to laud the re­la­tions be­tween Kuwait and Iraq’s Kur­dis­tan, say­ing that the two sides were ea­ger to boost re­la­tions in the fu­ture. The for­mer Iraqi for­eign min­is­ter lauded HH the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s ef­forts to re­solve re­gional dis­putes, es­pe­cially the cur­rent one pit­ting sev­eral GCC coun­tries plus Egypt against Qatar. HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah is re­spected by sev­eral Arab and world coun­tries, and his role in try­ing to end the con­flict is well ap­pre­ci­ated, said Ze­bari.

Mean­while, Ze­bari touched on the planned ref­er­en­dum by the Kur­dis­tan re­gion on Sept 25, which will ask peo­ple whether they would rather sep­a­rate from Iraq or stay within a fed­eral Iraqi sys­tem. The of­fi­cial af­firmed that the Kur­dis­tan re­gion would carry on with its planned ref­er­en­dum de­spite the ob­jec­tion of sev­eral coun­tries in­clud­ing the US, Iran, Turkey, and oth­ers. The pro­ce­dure will not af­fect ef­forts to bat­tle IS, he stressed.

The Kuwaiti me­dia del­e­ga­tion con­sists of sev­eral se­nior jour­nal­ists and chief edi­tors, in­clud­ing Kuwait Times Ed­i­tor-in-Chief Abd Al-Rah­man Al-Alyan and KUNA’s Deputy Direc­tor Gen­eral for Edi­to­rial Af­fairs and Ed­i­tor-inChief Saad Al-Ali. The del­e­ga­tion be­gan its visit to Irbil on Aug 3. —KUNA

— KUNA

IRBIL: A Kuwaiti del­e­ga­tion of jour­nal­ists and me­dia fig­ures meets Pres­i­dent of the Iraqi Kur­dis­tan re­gion Ma­soud Barzani.

Kuwait Times Ed­i­tor-in-Chief Abd Al-Rah­man Al-Alyan meets Pres­i­dent of the Iraqi Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Ma­soud Barzani (left) and for­mer For­eign Min­is­ter of Iraq Hosh­yar Ze­bari (right).

The Kuwaiti del­e­ga­tion of jour­nal­ists and me­dia fig­ures meets with for­mer For­eign Min­is­ter of Iraq Hosh­yar Ze­bari.

IRBIL: The Kuwaiti del­e­ga­tion of jour­nal­ists and me­dia fig­ures meets with Pres­i­dent of the Iraqi Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Ma­soud Barzani.

Kuwaiti Gen­eral Con­sul to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Omar Al-Kan­deri hands Pres­i­dent of the Iraqi Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Ma­soud Barzani a copy of a film doc­u­ment­ing Kuwait’s re­lief aid ef­forts in the re­gion.

Pres­i­dent of the Iraqi Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Ma­soud Barzani meets with Deputy Direc­tor Gen­eral for Edi­to­rial Af­fairs and Ed­i­tor-in-Chief of Kuwait News Agency Saad Al-Ali.

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