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Hungary greets Barzani, supports independence

By Rûdaw 11/5/2015
Masoud Barzani, Viktor Orbán in a joint press conference in Hungary . Rudaw photo.
Masoud Barzani, Viktor Orbán in a joint press conference in Hungary . Rudaw photo.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said the government of Hungary supports nations striving for independence, including the Kurdistan region of Iraq, which he said can play a stable role in the Middle East.

“The Kurdistan region has all the qualities and basic criteria to declare independence and can become an effective world country," Orbán said on Monday in a joint press conference with the Kurdistan Region's President Masoud Barzani. 

Orbán added; "Even though they are not a country, they are fighting on behalf of the world."

Barzani arrived in Hungary's capital Budapest from Washington, where he met with President Barack Obama and held talks with senior US officials.

In Hungary, Orbán was quick to point out the longstanding ties between Budapest and Erbil. 

“The Kurds have always been thankful for our military assistance and the Hungarians reiterate their love and respect for the Kurdish [region's] efforts for independence,” said Orban in response to a question from a Rudaw reporter. 


After Hungary, Barzani will be heading for talks with leaders in the Czech Republic.

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Sertip M. | 11/5/2015
Taboo after taboo is being broken, thank you president Barzani for being honest and consistent on this issue, great job.
Bawan | 11/5/2015
Hopefully next time they meet the Iraqi flag will be absent because south Kurdistan will be a sovereign independent country. Very pleased that more and more world leaders use the word Kurdistan instead of the other ugly phrases our occupiers have branded us just to deny or delegitimize our homeland.
Shirko Abid | 11/5/2015
Hungary PM's statement reinforces the build up of the international momentum in support of Kurdistan independent, thanks to the Peshmergas extraordinary performance in the battlefields and the determination of Kurdistan president Kak Masoud, who ceased the moment to mark the history for the southern Kurdistan that will leave gate wide open for the Kurdish nation keep the momentum to bring dignity to the life of our people to the eastern and northern Kurdistan while modernising Kurdistan governing systems through reforms program with the support of civilised world. That is how our legendary leader's dream, Gen. Barzani, will come to reality. I am proud to say that we the Kurds now are ready, able and welling to cease the moment and embark on it.
Shirko Abid | 11/5/2015
Hungary PM's statement reinforces the build up of the international momentum in support of Kurdistan independent, thanks to the Peshmergas extraordinary performance in the battlefields and the determination of Kurdistan president Kak Masoud, who ceased the moment to mark the history for the southern Kurdistan that will leave gate wide open for the Kurdish nation keep the momentum to bring dignity to the life of our people to the eastern and northern Kurdistan while modernising Kurdistan governing systems through reforms program with the support of civilised world. That is how our legendary leader's dream, Gen. Barzani, will come to reality. I am proud to say that we the Kurds now are ready, able and welling to cease the moment and embark on it.
Zangana | 11/5/2015
Thank you Hungary for all your support!

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