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Official: Barzani to discuss Kurdish independence in US

By Rudaw 29/4/2015
President of Kurdistan region Masoud Barzani. Rudaw photo.
President of Kurdistan region Masoud Barzani. Rudaw photo.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Iraqi Kurdish President Masoud Barzani will discuss Kurdish independence among other regional and security issues with US officials in an upcoming trip to the US, according to statements by Fuad Hussein, the chief of staff to the presidency of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
 
Barzani is expected to meet with US President Barack Obama and top American officials next week to discuss the latest security developments in the Kurdistan Region, the role of Peshmerga forces in the impending military campaign against the so-called Islamic State in Mosul and the issue of Kurdish independence, Hussein told Rudaw Wednesday.
 
“The issue is not something new. The president has previously sent Barack Obama a letter, which was focused on regional security issues as well as the issue of Kurdish independence,” Hussein told Rudaw. “Surely he will discuss Kurdish independence during his official visit to the United States.”
 
Barzani reportedly argued the case for Kurdish independence with Kurdish political parties in their last local meeting.
 
This will be Barzani’s fourth visit to the United States. In his previous visits he called on the US to remove the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)—both major Iraqi Kurdish political parties—from the United States’ terror list.

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Argushi, USA | 29/4/2015
We are very proud of our president Barzani who will visit united state. We hope that Mr. Obama will closely lesson to his demands. LONG LIVE BARZANI AND MAY GOD BLESS USA
Kurdi✌️ | 29/4/2015
Tell Obama that Kurdistan will be independent with or without him being in charged. No way that Kurds can live with Arabs any more.
Riha | 29/4/2015
The big question is will a future Kurdistan be a US puppet? Maybe that is why Apo got caught and PKK gets demonized. The US wants a Kurdistan which they can control.
Pizza & Pasta | 29/4/2015
Long life to Kurdish and KURDISTN STATE!!!
Ako | 29/4/2015
Inshallah kurdistan will be independent, thanks to our president masud barzani for these attempts

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