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 Iraqi president's son says U.S. must continue to support Iraq

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Iraqi president's son says U.S. must continue to support Iraq  25.3.2011  
By Adam Playford Palm Beach Post Staff Writer





March 25, 2011

Palm Beache, FL, Qubad Talabani, Kurdish Regional Government representative to the United States, spoke to attendees at tonight's meeting of the World Affairs Council of the Florida Palm Beaches, on Thursday, March 24, 2011, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. Talabani is the son of Jalal Talabani, President of Iraq.

Even as it works to withdraw its troops from Iraq, America must remain a committed force in the Middle East, Qubad Talabani, the son of the Iraqi president, said in Palm Beach County Thursday night.

"America must not just leave the Middle East," he said, speaking at a World Affairs Council event at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. "It's troops may be reduced, but it must always be there, in its spirit, in its partnership, and in its support for those repressed."

Talabani is a son of Iraqi president Jalal Talabani and works in the U.S. to represent the Kurdish Regional Government of Iraq.

He spoke for about half an hour, touting Iraqi Kurdistan as a progressive center of stability, then took questions,
www.ekurd.netwhich ranged from nuanced matters of foreign policy to whether it is easy to set up a business in Kurdistan and what the country's environmental regulations are like.

He touched on current events as well, including the turmoil that has gripped the region.

"In the next couple of hours, it is quite likely that another longstanding pillar of government will wobble in the Middle East," he said.

"Arab leaders are challenged by a new kind of movement - leaderless, mostly young, who share the same kinds of demands. ... Students armed with cell phones and cameras are now finding common cause with soldiers who are conscripts," he added.

But he warned against treating the region as if it were one body.

"What works well in one area may not work that well in another. Tunisia is far different from Yemen. The demonstrations in Egypt struck a very different chord than those in neighboring Libya," he said.

Asked by The Palm Beach Post about recent military intervention in Libya, Talabani said that world powers have a "moral obligation to intervene when a government is carrying out injustice against its people."
          

Qubad Talabani, Kurdistan Regional Government KRG representative to the United States, spoke to attendees at tonight's meeting of the World Affairs Council of the Florida Palm Beaches, on Thursday, March 24, 2011, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. Talabani is the son of Jalal Talabani, President of Iraq. Photo: Thomas Cordy/Palm Beach Post


Left to right: Dan Mangru, West Palm Beach, Michael Solomon, Lake Worth and Bill Martin, Palm Beach, spoke with Qubad Talabani, before Talabani spoke at tonight's meeting of the World Affairs Council of the Florida Palm Beaches, on Thursday, March 24, 2011, at the Palm Beach County Covention Center. Talabani is the son of Jalal Talabani, President of Iraq. Photo: Thomas Cordy/Palm Beach Post.

He then recalled when the U.S. and other countries created a similar no-fly zone in 1991 to stop the Iraqi government from attacking Kurds in northern Iraq. This had unintended but far-reaching consequences, he said.

"That set in place a chain of events that has led to Kurdistan being today one of the region's most progressive and economically prosperous parts of the Middle East," he said.   

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