Today, the President of the Parliament of the Kurdistan Region, Youssef Mohammad Sadiq and his parliamentary delegation composed of several leaders of kurdish parties, accompanied by Mrs. Rezan Kader, High Representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government in Italy, have been received by the Chairman of the foreign Affairs Committee of the Senate, Sen. Pier Ferdinando Casini and other members of the Commission, such as Sen. Corsini, Sen. Battista and Sen. Micheloni.
The President Sadiq thanked President Casini for the warm welcome and the Italian Government for the solidarity and support in terms of providing military and humanitarian assistance in the fight against Daesh. The peshmerga forces are fighting to defend the values of freedom and democracy, threatened again by terrorism of the Islamic state.
Italian support along with that of the rest of Europe is needed to finally defeat Daesh. An international coalition to an attack by land would be welcome. In reference to the arrest of Italian enlisted with the ISIS, President Sadiq said "Italy should not be ashamed to have militants in the ranks of Isis, the jihadist ideology devours the mind of young people around the world. The struggle of the Kurdish people is testimony to the fact that Muslims want democracy and freedom. "
The friendly countries like Italy will find in the Kurdistan Region huge investment opportunities for their businesses, which will make a decisive contribution to the reconstruction of the country.
The President Sadiq invites Europe and Italy in particular to fill the void left by the American contingent in Iraq in order to restore stability and to hear the voice of the Kurdish people, canceling Sykes Picot agreements.
About the relationship with the central government, the delegation said that Baghdad still does not collaborate with Erbil, the new government has not led to changes in mentality, so this situation has become untenable. As far as Turkey and Iran are concerned, they are two very important and neighboring countries with which the Kurdistan Region want to maintain a peaceful dialogue and enhance economic and political relations. Finally, the role of the Arab countries is inconsistent because they are not supporting KRG and do not have condemned the actions of Dash.
President Casini concluded the session by thanking the delegation, saying that the Kurdish government's commitment in the fight against ISIS receives a large international legitimacy and investment for the future. The opening to the persecuted Christians and other refugees is an example of a great civilization. As President of the Foreign Affairs Committee, he will organize as soon as possible a mission to Erbil to witness the strong friendship between Italy and the Kurdistan Region.