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Congressman Franks: US against blockade of Kurdistan Region

By Rudaw 29/9/2017

Republican Congressman of Arizona Trent Franks, who was one of the first to come out in support of the Kurdish referendum this week, tells Rudaw that the United States will not accept any blockade of the Kurdistan Region.

“We’d be very much against that and would work to try to mediate that and stop it in any way that we could,” he told Rudaw.

“Any effort to blockade the Kurdish people is a wrong thing,” Congressman Franks added.

He said that the Kurds should not be punished for “having the audacity to want freedom.”

“I’m not here to tell the Kurds one way or another but I’m here to say that they’ve that right to self-determination,” the Arizona Representative said.

He went on to say that he did not think President Donald Trump would accept the blockade either.

“I don’t think his administration will look upon that with anything but anger and frustration and it could even invoke action on their part.”

“The president has shown a commitment to freedom in the world in general. I wouldn’t seek to speak for him in terms of what his position on all these issues are but I’m convinced that his would be similar to mine in terms of a people who have demonstrated a kind of commitment to several areas of freedom as the Kurds have done and deserve the right to self-determination.”


A Kurd | 29/9/2017
Thank you Congressman Franks, thank you USA , God bless you, your support means everything to Kurds who have been brutally suppressed and punished over and over for more than past 100 years by cruel and dictatorship of those countries who have no respect for basic human rights. Kurds will always be fateful to you and USA. Thanks,...Thanks .....Thanks.............
Kurdo | 29/9/2017
I salute your brave comment Sir. I believe Kurds are the only loyal friends to America and the west. The best way to secure both sides interests is by allowing Kurds a free country and to allow them to join NATO, so no one will mess up with them again. Ironically Arabs, Turks and Iranian support Palestinians as Israel occupied their land when they all have occupied Kurdish land.
Bangeen.Mizoory | 30/9/2017
Thank you for your thought the United States congressman MR.Frank . Kurish people in northan Iraq and west Iran and south Turkey been seeking for thier freedom for many years you know than and the whole world know .Iraq been controled by hizb alah and Iran and the kurd don't want to be a part of it .it is time for USA and the world to step up and saport kurd now .God bless America and all the world for helping kurd .
BismarkPA | 30/9/2017
Any US citizens reading this please support my petition "Support for a greater Kurdistan" tell your friends lets let DC know we support them.
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