Iraqi Kurdistan Politics

Hungary Greets Barzani, Supports Kurdish Independence

president masoud barzani in hungary

Kurdistan Regional Government President Masoud Barzani arrived in Hungary’s capital Budapest from Washington, where he had been meeting with President Barack Obama.

Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban said the government of Hungary supports nations striving for independence, including the Kurdistan region of Iraq, which he said can play a stable role in the Middle East.

“The Kurdistan region has all the qualities and basic criteria to declare independence and can become an effective world country,” Orban said on Monday in a joint press conference with the Kurdistan Region’s President Masoud Barzani. Orban added; “Even though they are not a country, they are fighting on behalf of the world.”

Building on Old Relationships

In Hungary, Ordan was quick to point out the longstanding ties between Budapest and Erbil.

“The Kurds have always been thankful for our military assistance and the Hungarians reiterate their love and respect for the Kurdish [region’s] efforts for independence,” said Orban in response to a question from a Rudaw reporter.

After Hungary, Barzani will be heading for talks with leaders in the Czech Republic.

[Read more at Rudaw]

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