In Foreign Office questions this week I highlighted the concerns of Newport’s Kurdish community about friends and family members in Iraq who are alarmed by escalating tensions in the region.
I asked: “Members of the Kurdish community in Newport have contacted me as they are very concerned that the recent vote in the Iraqi Parliament on expelling foreign forces will leave the Kurdish people, scarred by war over many years, even more vulnerable. What will Ministers do to act on their behalf?”
In response, the Minister for Middle East and North Africa Andrew Murrison said: “I thank the hon. Lady for her supplementary question. I spoke to the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, Masrour Barzani, recently—last month—and we discussed this issue, among others. She is right to say that the security of the region is of vital importance, and we will do all we can to work with our friends to assure that, including helping to train the peshmerga.”