President Masoud Barzani received a delegation from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party, HDP. The delegation included a number of members of the Grand National Assembly and it was headed by the co-leader of HDP, Mr. Salahattin Demirtas. The delegation also included the former mayor of Diyarbakir and current member of the GNA, Mr. Osman Baydemir.
President Barzani warmly welcomed the delegation and stated that he hopes that the peace process between the government of Turkey and the large Kurdish population will resume for the benefit of all Kurds and Turks. He added that it is only through peaceful means that the Kurds of Turkey can further obtain their cultural and political rights.
The President also noted that the Kurdistan Region of Iraq has consistently attempted to convince both the government of Turkey and the Kurdish political forces there to work on strengthening the peace process for the sake of the well-being of all of the citizens of Turkey.
Mr. Demirtas thanked the President for his past and present efforts at supporting the peace process in Turkey and agreed that the fighting for the rights of the Kurds should be done politically and inside the Parliament building in Ankara and not at the expense of the lives of Kurds and Turks.
President Barzani and Mr. Demirtas also spoke of the current efforts by the Kurdistan Region to eliminate the terrorists of the Islamic State. They also spoke of the situation in Syrian Kurdistan, expressing their hopes for a brighter future for the people of Rojava.