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Obama: I Won’t Stand Against Kurdish Ambitions

Meeting between US President Obama and Vice President Biden with President Barzani and his accompanying delegation.
Meeting between US President Obama and Vice President Biden with President Barzani and his accompanying delegation.
The US President Barack Obama has told the President of Kurdistan Region that they will not stand against the Kurdish self-determination right if that’s their decision.

In an interview with Rudaw TV, Darbaz Kosrat Rasul, the Minister of Reconstruction of the Kurdistan Regional Government and member of President Barzani’s delegation to US, said that the Kurdish President has extensively talked about the Kurdish independence.

According to Darbaz, President Barzani has told the US President that the Kurdish people cannot wait anymore on the policies of the neighboring countries or Baghdad to be just towards them and decide their future. “Mr. President said that there is a government in Baghdad which Kurds will support but that does not mean we will give up our people’s right. He said also that the people of Kurdistan deserve to decide on their own fate and that we will conduct the issue of independence and referendum in a peaceful way, by understanding with Baghdad and our neighbors.”

“President Obama said that he has read the Kurdish history carefully and knows how we have suffered. He said that he won’t stand against the Kurdish ambitions but at this moment being their priority is to fight and eliminate ISIS.”

He added: “But then Vice President Biden spoke more openly and frankly who said: ‘Mr. President Barzani, both you and myself are going to see [independent Kurdistan] in our life.”

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