Sunni leader thanks Kurdistan for hosting IDPs

Barzani and Khanjar exchanged views on the political process in Iraq as well as the plans of the next Iraqi cabinet.

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Former Kurdistan Region President and President of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Masoud Barzani on Monday received an influential Iraqi Sunni leader in Erbil to discuss the political process in Iraq.

Iraqi Sunni politician and businessman Khamis al-Khanjar met with Barzani to speak about the political process following the May 12 Iraqi elections as well as the formation of a new government, a statement from the KDP President’s office read.

According to the statement, Barzani and Khanjar exchanged views on the political process in the country and the plans of the next Iraqi cabinet, while also emphasizing the need for continued cooperation.

Khanjar, the secretary-general of the Arab Project in Iraq and a senior member in the al-Qarar Coalition, which won 14 seats in the recent parliamentary polls, praised Barzani’s historic role in hosting displaced Iraqi Sunnis.

Khanjar also thanked the Kurdistan Region and Barzani for supporting all Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Region for the past years, the statement said.

Nearly four million Iraqis, mostly Sunnis, were displaced when the Islamic State emerged in northern Iraq in mid-2014.

Over the past few years, the Kurdistan Region has been a home for over 1.8 million IDPs and refugees who fled from Syria and other parts of Iraq due to threats from the extremist group.

Editing by Karzan Sulaivany