June 20, 2017

Journalists hosted for briefing session on referendum at KRG in Washington

Washington, DC, USA (us.gov.krd) – International journalists joined Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Representative to the United States Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman at the KRG Representation in Washington on June 19 for a roundtable briefing on Kurdistan’s referendum on independence. The referendum, which is scheduled for September 25, will give the people of Kurdistan the chance to say if they support an independent Kurdistan.

The journalists had numerous questions regarding the conduct and timing of the referendum, as well as the reasons for Kurdistan’s desire for independence.

Representative Abdul Rahman said, ‘If we don’t do it now, when should we [have a referendum]? We didn’t do it earlier because we were hoping that this was a new Iraq, an Iraq of partnership… If we delay, when should we delay to? When things get better, or when things get worse?’

She added that, ‘We recognize that having a referendum is not risk-free, but not having a referendum also has risks.’

Representative Abdul Rahman said that the relationship between Iraq and Kurdistan would be healthier if they could negotiate as sovereign nations, highlighting that they could form economic and security pacts.
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