APPG on Kurdistan Region and Sheikh Mahmoud Foundation holds a reception to mark 100 years of UK – Kurdistan relations in the House of Commons

Alternate Text News : 5/16/2023

London, United Kingdom, Over the course of three days, the UK parliament’s APPG on Kurdistan Region, in collaboration with Sheikh Mahmoud Foundation and filmmaker and documentarian Richard Wilding, held two seminars at the University of Cambridge and the Royal Association for Asia Affairs and also organised a reception at the UK parliament in which Karwan Jamal Tahir KRG High Representative to the UK, a delegation from Slemani city, several MPs, Kurdistani diaspora, and the relatives of (Cecil Edmonds, Major Noel and A.M. Hamilton) attended to mark the Sheikh Mahmoud’s revolution and the 100 years of UK-Kurdistan relations.

In two separate seminars, Richard Wilding and Dr Ako Shwani, from two different academic perspectives, the English and Kurdish, focused on the stage in history where Sheikh Mahmud rose against the British mandate and led a revolt, and proclaimed the first Kingdom in Kurdistan. They assessed the causes and the consequences of the revolution and the role of Britain in the region and in suppressing King Mahmoud’s efforts to build a state for the Kurds. 

Meanwhile, the UK parliament’s APPG, in coordination with Sheikh Mahmoud Foundation, held a reception at Churchill Hall in the House of Commons to mark 100 years of relations between Britain and Kurdistan. A delegation from Slemani city, honourable MPs including Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi،  Rt Hon Rosie Winterton, Rt Hon، Brendan Lewis، Rt Hon Fiona Bruce and a significant number of Kurd’s friends and the Kurdish diaspora attended the event.

Jack Lopresti MP, Chairman of the APPG, welcomed everyone and stressed that relations between the UK and the Kurdistan Region are significant and crucial for both sides. He said that his country considers the Kurdistan Region as a faithful ally. He also emphasised that the group will continue to support Kurdistan Region and defend its constitutional rights within federal Iraq.

At the reception, a short film was presented by the writer, photographer, and documentarian Richard Wilding about Sheikh Mahmud and the historical events during the uprising, the revolution, and the outcomes of these events.
During the reception, APPG group secretary Gary Kent said that the APPG group endeavours to maintain and further a strong relationship between the Kurdistan Region and the UK.

At the end of the event, Sheikh Mahmoud Kaka Hama Abdulkarem delivered a speech on behalf of the Kurdistan Delegation. He extended his gratitude to the organiser of the reception and the warm welcome by the KRG UK Representation and other UK relevant departments. At the same time, he called on the UK government to further support the Kurdistan Region and its legitimate rights and to prevent the past hardships from happening to the Kurds again.

16th May 2023