United Arab Emirates’ Police Deputy Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan on Wednesday said that the Kurds deserve an independent state and called on Iran and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) chief Qasem Soleimani –who is against independence– not to interfere in Kurdish affairs.
Khalfan said it was time for the Kurds, “the ancestors of Salahaddin al-Ayyubbi” to have their own state.
“Announce your independent state, and I am the first of Prophet Mohammed’s people to recognize your country,” he said.
“The independence of Kurdistan will give the region new strength and momentum. This nation deserves independence from the countries that have long persecuted them,” he said.
“The people of Kurdistan have been given a grievous injustice of those who call themselves their Muslim neighbours,” Khalfan said.
“The Kurdish people are more dignified than this ill-treatment by the neighboring countries of Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey,” he said. “The establishment of an independent Kurdish state is a historical necessity required by the human conditions of the Kurds.”
“Those who stand against the establishment of a Kurdish state are criminals. The Kurdish independence is a nation’s desire, and [Qasem] Soleimani cannot stand against it. Because the nation says yes for independence,” Khalfan said after rumours the IRGC chief visited Kurdistan–which were not confirmed by official sources.
“Soleimani must be expelled from Kurdistan,” he concluded.
The UAE and Kurdistan enjoy good relations through trade. The UAE has also opened a consulate in Iraqi Kurdistan.
The United Arab Emirates also given aid to Kurdistan which has benefited more than one million people, and is working on two hospital projects to help the Kurdistan region with the huge influx of internally displaced people in northern Iraq.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News
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