Massoud Barzani, the President of Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government, was amongst the number of state leaders in attendance to witness Prime Minister Erdoğan's historical address. Also in attendance was Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev, Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, First Vice President of the Republic Ali Osman Mohamed Taha and Khaled Meshaal, leader of the Hamas movement.
BARZANI: KURDS NEED TO OFFER SUPPORT
Addressing the congress, President of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region Masoud Barzani stated, "For any youth to die, whether they are Turkish or Kurdish, truly pains us. As the people living in this region we need to extend a hand to one another. If we are reaching the point of violence against one another, that is a true shame.
Prime Minister Erdoğan expressed that he is expecting to reach asolution to the Kurdish issue, and paid a visit to us, who share the same sentiments in Erbil. All Kurds need to support this process. No problem can be solved through violence.
A state's strength cannot be measured by how many weapons they have, quite the contrary, it is about how they serve their public. By leading the way, Mr. Erdoğan has shown courageousness. We are ready to cooperate in any way we can in order to put an end to the bloodshed."