Prime Minister: “we continue to work closely with our partners in the Kurdish region of Iraq.”

APPG Chair, Rt Hon Robert Halfon welcomed the Prime Minister’s vision on the integrated Global Britain in a Competitive Age, the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.

He also urged that vision to “be aligned with smaller nations around the world such as Kurdistan, in northern Iraq, and Israel, which are vanguards of religious pluralism, democracy, a free society, the rule of law and security against terrorism.”

He quoted the late and respected American Senator John McCain who said in a 2008 speech: “We have to strengthen our global alliances as the core of a new global compact—a League of Democracies—that can harness the vast influence of the more than 100 democratic nations around the world to advance our values and defend our shared interests.”

Mr Halfon urged the UK to lead a new alliance of democracies around the world, as proposed by the late Senator John McCain.

The Prime Minister replied that “we continue to work closely with our partners in the Kurdish region of Iraq.”

My comment. The APPG has long backed the growing bilateral relationship between the UK and the Kurdistan Region in Iraq in all its forms: military, cultural, commercial, and political. We have firm allies in Kurdistan and they see us as friends and allies of choice. The PM’s commitment to close co-operation with the Kurdistan Region is very welcome. Happy new year to all Kurds on 21 March. Gary Kent

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