Statement auf Kurdistan24: German Left Party congratulates Kurdistan Region on new government

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“The new governing coalition of KDP [Kurdistan Democratic Party], PUK [Patriotic Union of Kurdistan], and Gorran opens up new opportunities for democratic progress in the Middle East region,” MP Helin Evrim Sommer, a spokesperson for The Left Party parliamentary group, said in a statement.

“The German federal government needs to recognize and support the KRG as a stabilizing ally,” Sommer added.

The MP pointed to the economic and social crisis the Kurdistan Region suffered for five years due to the fight against the so-called Islamic State, a lack of budget payments by the Iraqi government, and a global fall in oil prices.

Sommer also mentioned the “trauma” the people of the Kurdistan Region endured in October 2017 when Iraqi forces and the Iran-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militias ousted Kurdish forces in Kirkuk and other disputed areas in response to the historic independence referendum a month earlier.

“On view of the persistent collapse of state orders in the Middle East, Erbil’s diplomatic steadfastness proves once more—the Kurds are still the most important stability factor in the region,” she added.

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