KIRKUK — A number of tribal leaders and figures from Hamrin Basin, in northeastern Diyala Province, stated their support for Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum, calling on Kurdistan’s leadership to assure them of their rights within the new state.
Akram Salih, head of Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) branch office in Kirkuk, told BasNews that a delegation consisting of a number of tribal leaders and other personalities from al-Jabour, al-Azza and al-Liheb tribes from Hamrin Basin visited the KDP’s office, reiterating their support for Kurdistan’s referendum.
He noted that the delegation also stressed on the Kurdish identity of the Hamrin areas, and stated that their fate is linked to the rest of the Kurdistan Region’s territories.
The Arab tribal leaders, however, demanded Kurdistan’s leadership to assure them of their rights within the independent Kurdistan state.
The official added that they assured the delegation that the future Kurdistan state will be based on citizenship and the rights of all components will be protected in the state regardless of their ethnicity and belief.