Boris Johnson visits the Erbil citadel accompanied by the KRG deputy PM Qubad Talabani. Twitter

ARA News 

ERBIL – Iraqi Kurdish officials have welcomed the appointment of the new UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson who previously expressed his support for the Kurds.

On Wednesday, the newly appointed Prime Minister Theresa May has made Boris Johnson, the former London mayor who led the Brexit campaign, foreign secretary in her new government.

“Congrats Boris Johnson on becoming UK Foreign Office Secretary. We look forward to your return to Kurdistan,” said Qubad Talabani, the deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq.

On 22 January 2015, Qubad Talabani gave Boris Johnson a tour through the local bazaar and the citadel in the Kurdish capital Erbil, when Johnson visited Kurdistan as a mayor of London on a secret trade mission.

The new UK foreign secretary has supported the Kurds since the beginning, when ISIS launched their attacks on Iraqi Kurdistan in August 2014.

“We are watching a catastrophe unfold, and the Prime Minister is absolutely right in his instinct – that Britain must act, and that Britain must help [the Kurds],” he wrote in August 2014 for the Telegraph. “It would be an utter tragedy if we did not defend the Kurds,” he argued.

“Congratulations to Boris Johnson as new UK Foreign Office Secretary,” Falah Mustafa, the KRG head of Foreign Relations wrote on Twitter. 

By: Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Source: ARA News

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