Thursday 12 August 2021

Representative Abdul Rahman briefs Senators and calls for continued support to Kurdistan

Washington, DC, USA ( – The Kurdistan Regional Government Representative in the United States, Bayan Abdul Rahman, continued her advocacy in the US Congress through several virtual meetings with Senators to brief them on current issues and to call for their continued support to Kurdistan.

The KRG Representation has a well-established and proactive outreach to the US House of Representatives and Senate and is grateful for bipartisan support to Kurdistan Region. The United States is the largest donor of humanitarian assistance to Iraq and has provided financial and material support, as well as training to the Peshmerga forces in the fight against ISIS.

In this latest round of congressional outreach last week, Ms. Abdul Rahman had a warm and wide-ranging discussion with Senator Bob Casey (Pennsylvania-D), member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The two discussed the security and humanitarian situation in the region and the impact of climate change and environmental damage in Kurdistan and Iraq. Senator Casey expressed his support to Kurdistan and praised the peshmerga’s valor in the fight against ISIS.

The KRG envoy also met with Senator Mike Rounds (South Dakota-R), member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees. The Representative briefed him on the security and political situation in Kurdistan and Iraq. Similarly, Ms. Abdul Rahman had a cordial meeting with Senator Angus King (Maine-I), member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees. She updated him on regional security developments and US support to the Peshmerga and Iraqi forces against ISIS. Senator King praised the peshmerga for their critical role and partnership with US forces.

The Representative also updated Senator Tammy Duckworth (Illinois-D), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, on the security and humanitarian situation in Kurdistan. Senator Duckworth is an Iraq War veteran and a Purple Heart recipient and has visited Kurdistan in the past. Ms. Abdul Rahman briefed Senator John Hickenlooper (Colorado-D), member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, on the US-Kurdistan partnership and discussed recent developments in Kurdistan and Iraq.

The KRG Representation will continue to meet with the staff and members of the US Congress.