London, UK, September 28th 2021
This year the KRG UK Representation joined the Labour Party Annual Conference and was among gatherings of politicians, party members, diplomats, business and affiliated groups. Alongside a series of events, the KRG UK Representation hosted an evening reception in the decorous setting in Brighton to celebrate the special ties between the Kurdistan Region and the Labour Party.
Mr Karwan Jamal Tahir, the Kurdistan Regional Government High Representative to the UK addressed the reception and welcomed distinguished delegates and members. He said: “Labour MPs have consistently been strong supporters of the Kurds and the Kurdistan region, from the time of absolute need, particularly when Ann Clwyd MP was on the Iranian border during the mass Kurdish exodus, reporting on the atrocities that the Kurds endured. Many Labour MPs have joined the APPG group on the Kurdistan region friendship. They have been playing an instrumental role in advancing the relationship between Kurdistan and the UK.”
He added: “However, we need to see more engagement from the Labour party and find a stronger and clearer position towards the KRI, the Kurds and their rights. At a time when there are renewed threats on a global scale, supporting the KRI on its journey towards sustainable stability and security would be beneficial for us all.”
Wayne David, the Labour MP for Caerphilly and the Shadow Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Minister for the Middle East and North Africa also delivered a speech stating that: “It is important that our link is developed as far as politics is concerned, the economy, society, education and culture. We were pleased that the President of KRG came to London and we had a very positive and constructive discussions.” He also stated that I was very pleased that the President was able to have the first meeting with Liz Truss in her new appointment as the new British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.
“Much of our relationship is based on friendship and friendship is extremely important. We must make sure that our friendship is not just a one off occasion but it extends well beyond today and we take it back to our communities”, Wayne David added.
Throughout the conference, High Representative Karwan also attended the debates and events, including the Head of Mission Reception where he met diplomats and Labour party officials. The conference offered a platform to engage with the delegates and brief them on the Kurdistan Regional Government’s approach to deepen diplomatic and prosperity links with allies and partners worldwide.