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Kurds should separate from Iraq, says deputy prime minister


Prominent Sunni politician said the Iraqi-Kurdish relationship has been very complex from the beginning.

May 26, 2013 10:58 by

By Atique Naqvi, Dead Sea, Jordan

Iraq’s deputy prime minister sees no problem in Kurdistan breaking away from mainland Iraq and forming a new country, and personally he would support the move as long as Kurds restrict themselves to areas that are not Arab.

In an exclusive interview with TRENDS, sister publication of Kipp Report, Saleh Muhammed Al Mutlaq said it will be better for Iraq if Kurds get their own country.

Speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum’s Jordan summit, the prominent Sunni politician said the Iraqi-Kurdish relationship has been very complex from the beginning, “and they have to decide whether they want to stay with Iraq or get their separate country”.

The Kurds have to decide on their fate once and for all because these differences on opinion and policies between Erbil and Baghdad cannot continue for long, he said. Born in Fallujah, Mutlaq was an active member of the Baath party, but was expelled in 1977 for being critical of the then government.

He currently heads Iraqi Front for National Dialogue, which is the fifth largest political entity in the Iraqi parliament.

* Mutlaq was very vocal on Iran-Iraq relationship, Iranian elections and ties with Saudi Arabia. Read his full interview in the forthcoming issue of TRENDS.

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1 Comment

  1. Gary Tucker on June 7, 2013 10:57 pm

    True political and economic move would be to, instead of independence, moving to join the Kingdom of Jordan as continued Autonomous Region. Such a move would force Sunni Iraq to do the same.
    Such a “center” of a new secular Sunni State could lead to other “neighboring” governorates and perhaps West Bank to join unity government.
    Hashemite Kingdom of Syriaq, with a capital in Amman would be a wonderful base on which to create a new nation.

    Why over independence. Kurd/Sunni Iraq/Jordan would give you completely domestic trade route to the Sea. Also more likely basis of Kurdis Syria joining the Kingdom.


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