Saturday, June 28, 2014

Iran Criticize Barzani’s Call on Kurdish Independence

Iranian Foreign Ministry today criticized Kurdish President Massoud Barzani for calling for the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan. Marzieh Afkham, the foreign ministry spokeswoman, did not say however what Iran would do if Erbil seeks independence.

The Kurds took full control of the oil-rich Kirkuk during the current Iraqi crisis, making a future Kurdish state economically viable and independent from Baghdad.

The KRG’s Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with senior Iranian officials on 16 June in Tehran. The Iranian urged the Kurds to support the central government in Baghdad. On 25 June, however, the Kurdish president made the now-famous statement on Kurdish self-determination. On 26 June, Nechirvan Barzani led a senior Kurdish delegation on a visit to Turkey. The delegation, including the governor of Kirkuk, held talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“We expect to be able to export 1 million bpd by the end of next year, including crude from Kirkuk,” said Kurdish minister of natural resource Ashti Hawrami. (Reuters/ekurd, 25 June)

File photo: Kurdish flag

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

it would only be fitting to see outside support for the minorities in Iran being oppressed by the theocratic regime.

Iran practices subversion against its neighbors and deserves to have to taste it at home.