Kurdistan Independence is a matter between Erbil and Baghdad, and not Tehran, said senior a Kurdish official.
“I’m talking about something within Iraq. It’s between Erbil and Baghdad. Why should Iran [have] the right…to tell me [Kurds] that we don’t deserve it [independence],” said Falah Mustafa, the head of Kurdistan Region’s Department of Foreign Affairs.
During an international conference in Istanbul titled “Towards a New Security Architecture for the MENA Region” Mustafa said “Iraq never had a strategy to solve the Kurdish question because when they were weak, they would go for dialogue [but] when they get stronger, they would invade…and attack the Kurdistan Region,” as reported by Kurdistan24.
The Kurdish official believes that the security situation in the Middle East is a challenging task due to the fact that countries interfere in each others affairs.
“Have we been able to live in peace? Can we name two [neighboring countries that] are living in peace and cooperation? No,” he said.
Concerning the Kurds and their partnership in Iraq, Mustafa said they still do not see themselves as part of the governance of Iraq. “What’s there in the constitution [of Iraq] and papers haven’t been translated into action. We have to be more courageous and more determined to address the problems and find peaceful means of coexistence.”