The Kurdistan Regional Government High Representative to the UK, Karwan Jamal Tahir attended the annual Nawroz Reception organised by the Centre for Kurdish Progress in collaboration with the Kurdish People’s Democratic Assembly of Britain at the House of Parliament on Wednesday the 21st of March. Nerwoz – traditionally celebrated by Kurds as the beginning of spring and the start of a new year. The Chairman of All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Kurdistan Region, Jack Lopresti MP and Ian Austin, Labour MP for Dudley North co-hosted the event.
This event brought together Lords, diplomats, Kurdish community, academics, and the UK government official including, Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Opposition Party, Minister Nadhim Zahawi MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, Lord Glasman, Labour MP for Enfield North, Joan Ryan, Labour MP for Knowsley, George Howarth, Labour MP for Ipswich, Sandy Martin, Labour MP for Birmingham Selly Oak, Steve McCabe, Scottish Nationalist MP for Glasgow South West, Chris Stephen, and Conservative MP for Harlow, Robert Halfon.
The Labour Leader said: “It was a great pleasure for the first time at the Prime Minister’s question time when I wished the Kurdish community a very happy Nawroz. My friendship and involvements go back a very long way. Kurds have made fantastic contributions to life in London and Britain.” The Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP called for ceasefire in Afrin and Syria and stated that “no political solution in the whole Region is viable unless the rights, identity, language, and culture of the Kurdish people are understood and respected.”
Minister Zahawi wished the Kurds a very happy new year and regarded March as “an emotional moment for any Kurd”, stating that “considering five days ago when we were here in other room commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Halabja and genocide against the Kurds.” The Minister added: “The Kurdish people have had a tough time in the Region, our thoughts and prayers are with fellow Kurds in Halabja , Duhok , Afrin and other parts of Syria. The Region would never be stable whether it is Iraq or Syria, will never be able to live in peace and prosperity without the Kurds getting their rightful future in those countries.”
The event also included the Most Successful Kurds in Britain Awards, which recognised and highlighted the great successes of contributions made by Kurds to their communities in the fields of business, art, academia, journalism and politics.
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