Shafaq News / The President of Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani stressed, on Tuesday, that the region is looking forward to the American forces remaining in Iraq in order to defeat ISIS.
This came during his participation, via a closed circuit television (video conference), in a symposium organized by the Jackson Institute for International Issues at Yale University in the United States in cooperation with “Justice for the Kurds” regarding the Kurds in the Middle East and with the participation of friends of the Kurdish people in America, Britain and France.
This activity coincided with the 30th anniversary of the issuance of Resolution 688 issued by the United Nations Security Council, the establishment of the safe zone and the initiation of the process of ensuring safety, which led to the protection of the people of Kurdistan and the birth of the Kurdistan Region as a de facto situation, which became the basis for the federal constitutional entity of the Kurdistan Region.
Barzani gave a speech as the opening of the conference in which he talked about the importance of Resolution 688 issued by the UN Security Council and what resulted from it and a comprehensive view of the Kurdistan Region’s relations with friendly countries and the international community, the present and future of the Kurdish issue, solving its problems, the future of relations with federal Iraq, participation and cooperation for security and stability in Iraq and the region .
At the outset of his speech, Barzani thanked the Jackson Institute for International Issues at Yale University.
Barzani welcomed the new round of the Iraqi-American strategic dialogue with the participation of the region, stressing that “we do not expect America to fight on our behalf.”
Barzani added, “The month of April witnesses the passage of 30 years since the issuance of Resolution 688 in which America, Britain, France and the international coalition protected Iraq, and April is the month of safety.
He pointed out that “Resolution 688 created a safe zone for the afflicted Kurds, and that imposing a no-fly zone in Kurdistan was an important matter. Our friendship and alliance was born in the mountains in 1991, and the birth of the Kurdistan Region was a direct result of this American intervention.”
Barzni added, “Kurdistan is the cradle of peace, coexistence and peace and will remain so, and since 1991 America has supported the Kurdistan Region, and we hope to establish beneficial relations with our partners, and we recognize the great importance of helping the components.”
He pointed out that “the Syrian war and the occupation of ISIS have caused uninterrupted waves of displaced people to the Kurdistan Region, whose number has reached two million refugees and displaced persons, and caused an increase in the region’s population by 30 percent.”
Barzani asserted, saying, “The people of Kurdistan consider your values are their values, and we are waiting for America to remain in Iraq to check on the defeat of ISIS, and Kurdistan is the subject of the trust of the US coalition and the international community, so that we will continue together to defend the common values and foundations that include human prestige and openness.”