Iraqi Kurdistan rejects coup attempt, supports Turkish government

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Chaos reigned in Istanbul as tanks drove through the streets (EPA)

ARA News

ERBIL – The Kurdish government in Iraq condemned the failed coup against the Turkish government on Saturday.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is reliant on Turkey for exporting oil, and importing goods.

The KRG’s Head of Foreign Relations and the President’s Chief of Staff, Fuad Hussein, on Saturday visited the Turkish consulate in Erbil to express their support.

“Democratic values and principles should be respected, along with the will of the people,” the KRG government spokesperson Safeen Dizayee, wrote on Twitter.

Also, KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani in a statement said he backed the ‘triumph’ of supporters of Turkey government over the coup plotters.

“We are pleased to see the triumph of the people of Turkey over a group of military officers who were trying to overthrow a legitimate government against the will of people,” he said.

“We believe the failed coup will strengthen the institutions, government and people of Turkey and will prevent possible coup attempts in the future,” he added. “I congratulate Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, all parties and the people of Turkey, who had a major role in thwarting the coup.”

Kurdish journalist Abdullah Hawez told ARA News that the supporters of the different Kurdish parties in Iraqi Kurdistan were split over the coup.

“Supporters of the PUK [Patriotic Union of Kurdistan], Gorran and PKK [Kurdistan Workers Party] wished for the coup to succeed for their hatred toward Erdogan,” he said. “While Islamic parties and the Kurdistan Democratic Party were against the military coup in neighbouring Turkey.”

“I think KDP is naturally against it because it has strong economic and political ties with Erdogan, and the relations appears to be more of personal than institutional. So any coup will have huge negative impact on KRG especially economically,” he concluded.

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