ERBIL — Iraqi Sunni Arab leaders gathered on Thursday in Erbil to hold a conference discussing the future of their people and the position of Sunni Arabs on Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum as well as its outcomes.
During the conference, the tribal leaders and influential Sunni Arab individuals reiterated their support for the people of Kurdistan Region and their aspiration to statehood. They unanimously agreed that Kurdistan has the right to step towards a brighter future for its people.
The Sunni Arab leaders who attended the event were from Nineveh, Salahaddin, Diyala, Kirkuk, Anbar and Baghdad provinces.
In an official statement released at the end of the meeting, the conference reminded that Iraq’s Sunni Arab population has sustained the greatest damage by the conflicts in the recent years.
Najah Abbas Mizan, a representative, said that the Sunni Arabs have in the past few years fallen victims to many atrocities both by the Islamic State (IS) and the Shi’ite led government in Baghdad. However, he thanked Kurdistan Region for providing a save haven while the Sunni Arabs could not find safety at home.
The representative for Sunni Arabs in Nineveh Province told BasNews on the sideline of the conference that they stand with the people of Kurdistan Region at the face of illegitimate and invalid decisions the Iraqi parliament has recently made in hopes of harming the Kurds.