Wednesday, 10 March 2021 7:21 PM
Baghdad / National News Center
The Kurdistan Regional Government responded today, Wednesday, regarding the postage stamps for the Pope's visit to Iraq, which the region intends to issue.
"A number of artists have submitted their proposals regarding these stamps to the Ministry of Transport and Communications, but until now the regional government has not approved them," said the spokesman for the Kurdistan Regional Government, Gutiar Adel, in a press conference followed by the "National News Center".
Adel added, "The regional government, and from the standpoint of protecting Iraqi sovereignty, announces its position," stressing that "all that has come so far is mere proposals."
Today, Wednesday, Turkey objected to the intention of the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government to issue commemorative stamps for Pope Francis' visit to the region, bearing a map of "Greater Kurdistan" that includes Turkish provinces.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry stated, in a statement, seen by the National News Center: “It turns out that among the commemorative stamps that the Kurdistan Regional Government is expected to print on the occasion of Pope Francis’s visit to Iraq, there is a stamp that depicts a map that includes some provinces in our country.”
The statement added, "We expect the authorities of the Kurdistan Regional Government to provide the necessary explanation for the immediate correction of this grave error as soon as possible."
The Minister of Transport and Communications in the Kurdistan Regional Government, Anu Jawhar Abduka, announced last Sunday that the ministry issued six postage stamps for "the historic visit of the Pope to the region."
The Turkish objection to one of the stamps showing the map of "Greater Kurdistan" behind a picture of the Pope.
The term "Greater Kurdistan" is applied to the lands in which the Kurds enjoy a majority population, which are areas distributed between Iraq, Iran and Turkey.
And this evening, the Turkish ambassador to Baghdad, Fatih Yildiz, today, Wednesday, sent a "strong-word" message to the leaders of the Kurdistan region of Iraq.
Yildiz said, in a statement received by the National News Center, that "it is noticeable that among the commemorative stamps that are expected to be issued by the Kurdish region administration in Iraq on the occasion of Pope Francis' visit to Iraq, a postage stamp draws a map that includes some cities in Turkey as well." .
He added, "Some leaders of the Kurdish region administration in Iraq, who go beyond their borders, are trying to use this visit to reveal their empty dreams about the territorial integrity of the countries neighboring Iraq."
He stressed, "The authorities of the Kurdish region in Iraq must remember how such malicious ambitions ended in failure."
The Turkish ambassador called on the Kurdistan authorities to "issue a statement necessary to correct this fatal mistake, as soon as possible and clearly."
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