Wednesday 29 September 2021

Representative Abdul Rahman and members of Congress discuss Iraqi elections

Washington - D.C., USA ( - Representative Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman continued her advocacy in the U.S. Congress this week through several virtual meetings to brief members on the latest developments in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq, including the upcoming elections.

In this latest round of congressional outreach, the Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the United States had a friendly discussion with Congressman Jody Hice (R-GA), member of the House Oversight Committee. She updated him on the Iraqi elections, the need for a successful voter turnout and voting process, and security challenges in the region.

The KRG envoy also met with Congressman Mike Garcia (R-CA), member of the House Appropriations Committee. The Representative briefed him on developments in Kurdistan and Iraq, including the elections to the Iraqi parliament on October 10, and thanked him for his service in Iraq as a naval aviation officer.

Similarly, Ms. Abdul Rahman met with Congressman David Valadao (R-CA), member of the House Appropriations Committee. She briefed him on the Iraqi elections and the important role of observers and discussed the historic partnership between Kurdistan and the United States.

The KRG Envoy also met with Congressman Troy Balderson (R-OH), member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. She updated him on the elections, in which Kurdistani parties are also competing, attempts to encourage voter turnout, and the arrival of international monitors.

The KRG Representation has a strong history of proactive outreach to members of the U.S. Congress and is grateful for their support to Kurdistan and Iraq.

The United States is the largest donor of humanitarian assistance to Iraq and has provided financial and other support and training to the Peshmerga.