American-Kurdish Friendship Association Celebrates Thanksgiving
The America-Kurdistan Friendship Association celebrated Thanksgiving in Erbil. Dr. Fuad Hussein attended as President Barzani’s representative along with several other high-ranking KRG officials and members of US forces.
The vice president of the America-Kurdistan Friendship Association, Harry Schute, delivered a speech on the background of the feast—reiterating the history of cultural exchange between both the people of USA and Kurdistan as both countries join one another for holidays. Schute noted the cooperation between both countries in the current effort against terrorism and the tranquility of being able to pause together for a feast like Thanksgiving.
The Mayor of Erbil, Nawzad Hadi, praised the association’s role and activities in his address. Hadi made note of his thankfulness to the American people for their sacrifice in helping defend the Kurdish region.
“The joint cooperation has resulted in achieving great victories, thus, Kurdistan Re- gion has become a safe haven for protecting a large number of refugees and displaced from Syria and Iraq,” he said. “Being both in one front against terror has given Kurdistan Region more confidence in maintaining its security.”
Matthias Mitman, US General Consul in the Kurdistan Region, reiterated the importance of positive relations between the people of Kurdistan and America.
“Presence of both sides on this occasion is evidence showing the strength of these relations,” he said. “The most important thing in the spirituality of the occasion is helping the poor, so the US Consulate General in Kurdistan Region has provided food and clothes for many parentless children as a message that the US is taking care of the future generation.”