Kurdish officials hail Peshmerga sacrifices, independence referendum on Eid al-Fitr
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) - Kurdish officials congratulated the people of the Kurdistan Region on Eid al-Fitr, lauding the role of the Peshmerga and security forces in protecting people from threats.
On Saturday, the President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani released a statement, offering congratulations for Eid to the Peshmerga, security forces, families of martyrs and all Muslims in the Kurdistan Region and around the world.
He prayed for the people of Kurdistan Region to achieve its long-awaited dream of establishing an independent state and putting an end to adversity.
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) plans to hold a referendum on Kurdistan's independence on Sep. 25, 2017.
The Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani on Saturday, also issued a statement celebrating Eid al-Fitr with Muslims in the Kurdistan Region and across the globe.
“On this Eid, we honor and remember our highly-esteemed martyrs. We salute those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation, to provide a safer Kurdistan for its people. It is because of their sacrifices we are heading towards a brighter future,” stated the Kurdish Premier.
Peshmerga have been labeled one of the most effective ground forces in defeating the Islamic State (IS). Over 1,700 Peshmerga have fallen while fighting the jihadist group and more than 10,000 injured, according to the Peshmerga Ministry.
“I hope this Eid, as it is a celebration of peace and reconciliation, also becomes the Eid that inspires coexistence, harmony, and unity so that we may work together to prevail over challenges and address pressing issues; so that we may celebrate our festivities in a Kurdistan where the rights of all its citizens are guaranteed and protected.”
The Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Masrour Barzani also sent his warmest wishes to all Muslims around the world, particularly to the Peshmerga and security members and their families.
“I pray for the safety and well-being of our brave Peshmerga Forces on the frontlines defending our people and communities from a menace that knows no bounds. I pray for the recovery of the wounded,” the chancellor said.
He also acknowledged the independence referendum, calling on the people to vote in favor of secession.
“I take this opportunity to call on everyone to support the referendum on Kurdistan's independence on 25 September. This is a historic chapter in our long and bitter struggle for self-determination. It is a national call to achieve the aspirations of the people of Kurdistan and present a better model for the region,” Barzani added.
Editing by G.H. Renaud