President Masoud Barzani visited the town of Bashike which was recently liberated by the Peshmerga forces from the control of the terrorists of the Islamic State. The ceremony was attended by a number of Yezidi, Christian, Arab and other ethnic and religious community leaders.
President Barzani began his remarks by warmly congratulating the Peshmerga forces for their hard work which recently led to the liberation of the town of Bashike. The President also noted the importance of a place like Bashike and how the town is a mosaic of ethnic and religiius communities, stating that it is here where church bells ring simultaneously with the Muslim adhan to prayer and where Yezidis attend their houses of worship.
The terrorists of the Islamic State attempted to cease that co-existence from continuing, but miserably failed, the President said.
He also spoke of the importance of Mosul and how its liberation is of enormous importance to the security of the Kurdistan Region as a whole.
President Barzani made reference to the agreement between the Federal Government in Baghdad, the Kurdistan Region and the Coalition and how the Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Region are fighting the terrorists of the Islamic State, in accordance to that agreement. He added that those who collaborated with the terrorists, at the expense of the blood of the Peshmerga forces will never be welcomed by the Kurdistan Region again. That is especially true, the President stated about those who assaulted the Yezidi women in Shingal and other areas.
The Kurdistan Region shall focus more on protecting its borders and prevent the terrorists to ever get close to the Kurdistan Region, the President stated. He expressed his heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of those who paid the ultimate price for the Kurdistan Region.