The following article was originally published in Kurdistan24.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – In statements issued on Friday, senior Kurdish officials expressed their best wishes for Eid al-Adha to all the people of the Kurdistan Region and Muslim people around the world.
President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani, in his statement, paid tribute to the sacrifices of the Peshmerga and security forces in protecting all those in the Kurdistan Region, regardless of their ethnic and religious background.
“I hope that on September 25, all the people of Kurdistan will vote ‘Yes’ for independence, creating a new national holiday for us to celebrate each year as our own independence Eid,” the statement read.
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) plans to hold a referendum on independence for the Kurdistan Region on September 25.
In a separate statement, Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani noted the region was going through challenging times, but that he was hopefully it could “achieve the aspirations, and guarantee the rights of the people of Kurdistan.”
“After many years of struggle and sacrifices, our people are progressing toward the final step in securing their rights.”
The Kurdish Premier also highlighted unity and co-existence among the people of the Kurdistan Region and emphasized the need to resolve internal issues through peaceful dialogue as a means to successfully guarantee the rights of the people of the region.
He hoped that next Eid would be different, where the people of the Kurdistan Region will have secured their freedom, staved off war and the threat of terrorism, and that displaced persons will have been able to return home.
In different statement, the Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC), Masrour Barzani, also sent his congratulations to all the people of the Kurdistan Region celebrating Eid.
“This year’s Eid comes at a special time, as in the coming days, we will all go to the polls to decide on the future of our homeland,” Barzani stated.
He called on the people of the Kurdistan Region to vote in favor of independence in the upcoming referendum, to establish a country where all citizens feel they belong, to prevent atrocities from reoccurring, and to achieve the dream of ‘martyrs’ and the aspiration of Kurdistan’s people everywhere.
Kurds have been labeled the largest stateless ethnic group in the world. An independent and sovereign state of Kurdistan has been the long-awaited dream of over 40 million Kurds around the world.
This article was originally published in Kurdistan24.