Today I released this official statement congratulating all Americans on this their day of Independence:
Happy Independence Day
On behalf of the people of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, I wish our American friends the best on this day of national celebration. Today, 234 years ago, a group of Americans sought to control their own destiny and to provide a better future for their families and fellow countrymen. Over the centuries, this new state—the United States of America—has as a result become a symbol of hope, freedom and prosperity the world over. It remains so today.
The Kurdistan Regional Government is proud of its friendship and partnership with the United States of America. We are today seeking to cement our own destiny within a constitutional framework in a federal and democratic Iraq; and through our elected government, aspiring to a brighter future for our citizens. This opportunity is today possible because of the United States’ liberation of Iraq from Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship.
So again, to all Americans—especially American troops, veterans and their families—I wish you the best Fourth of July.
Qubad J. Talabani
Representative to the U.S.
Kurdistan Regional Government