UK Parliamentary Delegation visits Kurdistan to monitor Referendum for Independence

The Chairman of the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Kurdistan ,Jack Lopresti MP who tabled a cross party Commons motion endorsing self-determination last month led a delegation of British parliamentarians to observe the Kurdistan’s referendum for independence. The delegation included Conservative MPs, Nadhim Zahawi and Michael Tomlinson, Conservative Peer, Fiona Hodgson, and Labour MP, Ian Austin ,the Director of the APPG on Kurdistan, Gary Kent, Former UK Security Envoy to the KRG, Sir Simon Mayall, as well as electoral expert Lewis Baston.

This delegation along with the KRG High Representative to the UK Karwan Jamal Tahir visited the polling stations in Erbil, Kirkuk and Slemani and also met with the KRG Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, the wife of Former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Hero Ibrahim Ahmed, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir, members of the Kurdish Political Parties in Kurdistan, the British Consul-General and the UK business figures. They also visited the British military trainers and an IDP camp.

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