Kurdistan Regional Government
Representation in the United States Washington D.C.
Welcome to our April 2022 Newsletter 
As the holy month of Ramadan comes to an end, I’d like to take this opportunity on behalf of the KRG team in Washington DC to wish you a happy and blessed Eid. Cejntan piroz bet.

The highlight of the month of April was the visit of Prime Minister Masrour Barzani to London where he met Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Number 10 Downing Street, as well as top cabinet ministers and former premiers Tony Blair and John Major. The visit underscores the close relationship between the Kurdistan Region and the UK and other Coalition allies, including the United States. 

Our partnership with the United States, UK and France can be traced back to 1991 when these three countries launched Operation Provide Comfort, a military-humanitarian operation that saved thousands of Kurds who had fled Saddam Hussein’s forces and were stranded on the frozen border mountains. Members of the US Congress are marking the bravery of this operation and the courage of the Kurdish people for rising up against Saddam through resolutions in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

The subject of the US-Kurdistan strategic partnership was underscored in meetings between officials this month. President Barzani met with the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Joey Hood, and Dana Stroul, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East. Ms. Stroul reaffirmed the US commitment to continue supporting Iraq and the Kurdistan Region politically and militarily and also to continue expanding mutual cooperation and partnership between the two countries.
Prime Minister Barzani had a virtual meeting with US Senators Jack Reed and Jim Inhofe, Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in which Senator Reed praised the peshmerga’s historical partnership with United States’ forces and Senator Inhofe noted the bipartisan support for Kurdistan in the US Congress.

In Washington, the highlight of the month was the visit of the Governor of Duhok, Dr Ali Tatar and Assyrian-Christian Member of Parliament Robeena Oimalek Aziz. They met with members of Congress, US officials at the White House, State Department and USAID, and with institutions and advocacy groups.

The purpose of their trip was to highlight the humanitarian, security, and economic situation in Duhok province, which is known for tourism, and trade and as a safe haven for those fleeing persecution. Duhok, with a population of 1.5 million, hosts 537,000 displaced people and refugees. About 70% of Yezidis from Sinjar have sheltered in Duhok after the genocide perpetrated by ISIS.

I had the honor of accompanying the Governor’s delegation in these meetings and in their visits to the Chaldean community in Michigan and the Kurdish community in Nashville, Tennessee. The diaspora is an important component of society in both America and Kurdistan. We hope to translate that into stronger economic ties as well.

Our monthly podcast, Kurdistan in America, focuses on two women from the diaspora who came to the United States as child-refugees. They tell of their journeys to America with their families, the challenges of integrating into a new society, and the activities and achievements of the Kurdish diaspora in Nashville, which is often referred to as Little Kurdistan.

You can read about these and other events and discussions in our monthly newsletter below. I’d like to close by once again wishing you and your family a blessed and happy Eid.

Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman
Representative to the United States
Kurdistan Regional Government
Prime Minister Barzani and Senators Reed and Inhofe discuss security partnership

KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani met virtually with US Senators Jack Reed and Jim Inhofe, Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, of the Senate Armed Services Committee, on Wednesday, April 27.

Governor of Duhok and Assyrian MP ended a week of meetings in Washington DC

Duhok Governor Ali Tatar and Assyrian Member of Parliament Robeena Oimalek Aziz ended a productive week of meetings in Washington DC with members...

KRG envoy discusses the latest developments in Kurdistan, Iraq, with members of Congress

Representative Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman met with members of Congress this week to discuss the political and security situation in the Kurdistan...

The Kurdistan in America podcast is honored to have Ms. Dilman Yasin and Ms. Wan Rashid, Kurdish-American activists from the Kurdish diaspora in Nashville, as its guests this month.

Dilman was born in Kuremay, a village outside of Duhok City, and came to America with her family at the age of five. She is currently a Performance Manager in the Nashville Mayor's office and the Director of Community Outreach for Kurdish Professionals, a non-profit organization assisting Kurds. She obtained a Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics.

The second guest, Wan, is originally from Amedia, a district in Duhok province. She came to the US with her family when she was less than a year old. She is the Executive Director of Effendi Foundation, a non-profit organization that assists Nashville's refugee and immigrant community. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in public policy and public administration at the American University.

The discussion focuses on their experience migrating to America with their families, the challenges of integrating into a new society, and the activities and achievements of the Kurdish diaspora in Nashville.
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Kurdish villagers suffer because of Turkey’s bombardment of their area

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Climbing mountains of Choman, mountaineers take respite from urban noise

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Special Briefing via Telephone with Jennifer Gavito, DAS for Iraq and Iran

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