March 17, 2016

Canadian MPs visit KRG Representation in Washington to discuss parliamentary group on Kurdistan

Washington, DC, USA ( – Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the United States Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman welcomed the founders of a new Canadian parliamentary group focusing on Kurdistan for a meeting at the KRG Representation in Washington on March 16, 2016.

Canadian Members of Parliament (MPs) Tom Kmiec, Gord Johns, and Michael Cooper said that the purpose of the ‘Parliamentary Friends of the Kurds’ is to grow the relationship between Canada and Kurdistan. The group was founded by Mr Kmiec and is co-chaired by Mr Johns, both of whom have significant Kurdish populations as part of their constituencies.

Although the group stands at 12 members, they were hopeful that they could grow it to 24 members in the near future. Among their priorities is to establish dialogue between Canadian and Kurdish lawmakers and foster positive relations between Canada and the Kurdistan Region.

Following the meeting, Representative Abdul Rahman, Mr Kmiec, Mr Johns and Mr Cooper held a joint press conference for the Kurdish media at the KRG Representation.

Earlier in the day, the MPs attended the 28th anniversary commemoration of the Halabja chemical attacks, an event co-hosted by the KRG Representation and the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

In November 2015, Head of KRG Foreign Relations Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir and Ms Abdul Rahman toured Canada and had urged Canadian MPs to establish a parliamentary group to grow Kurdistan’s relationship with Canada.

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