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KRG building diplomatic ties while keeping ISIS war top priority, says FM

By Rudaw 6/12/2016
LONDON, United Kingdom – While the war with ISIS remains the top priority, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has continued to build diplomatic relations with an eye to ensuring Kurdish interests are represented on the world stage, head of the KRG’s foreign relations department said at a conference in London on Tuesday. 

Falah Mustafa said the KRG has formed diplomatic relations with 36 states around the world, including the neighbouring nations of Turkey, Iran, and Arab states. Equally as important, he noted, the KRG established relations with western countries that will guarantee the region can no longer be neglected or isolated internationally.

Mustafa stressed that the Kurdistan Region is a “responsible partner” to the international community and the fight against ISIS is top of the agenda for his government.

"For the moment, the key focus of our region is the battle against ISIS," Mustafa said, "Whatever our future goal plans for the region, we understand and we must first be free of the threat from ISIS. No goal is more important, no more urgent than that.”

With regard to that future, "Federalism has failed," Mustafa said about the current system that binds the KRG with Iraq. But his government seeks a peaceful and negotiated solution regarding their aspiration for independence provided that the rights of the Kurdish people, including in areas liberated by the Peshmerga from ISIS, are respected. 

Speaking at the 6th Kurdistan-Iraq Oil and Gas Conference, Mustafa said that the oil and gas industry has led to both positive and negative relationships for his government. 

"While energy has been a source of division in Iraq, it has been a source of agreement and mutual benefits between the KRG and Turkey," he said. 

The KRG maintains economic and political relations with Turkey, and importantly sends its oil to international market through the Turkish territory via a pipeline.


PLINY THE KURD | 6/12/2016
I am afraid that too much uncertainty surrounds the the current situation of the KRG.Enemy states like Iran and Turkey are playing dirty to frustrate the Kurdish independence. They do it through the fracturous Kurdish parties and turning Kurds against Kurds.Never the Kurdish parties were so divided,and it is due to the lack of outside support.The negative roles played by Turkey and its ally the I.S.,that of Obama siding with Baghdad 's cutting off the Kurdish share of budget and finally the Iranian patronage over PUK and Gorran plunging thus Kurdistan in a deep crisis ; all were and are huge obstacles to the Kurdish independence.In the absence of true friends, trusting on deadly enemies like Turkey and Iran can only worsen things .
south Africa | 7/12/2016
Hi Pliny for the first time here i get a person who give a real analysis of KRG challenges without being factional
Pete | 8/12/2016
KRG is a dictatorship controlled by Turkey. No good can come of it. If you need an example to follow, look to Rojava.

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