Ammar al-Hakim: Hungarian Support For Kurdish Independence is Unacceptable – Shiite leader reacts angrily to Hungarian support for Kurdish independence

Basnews – BAGHDAD – 12 May 2015 – Ammar al-Hakim, the President of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI) reacted angrily to Hungarian support for Kurdish independence.In a statement released by ISIC’s President, “Recent pronouncements by certain countries to support calls for independence by Iraqi entities is illogical and unacceptable.

“We’re deeply concerned by statements made by Hungarian Prime Minister (PM) Victor Orbán to support Kurdish independence in Iraq.“Our goal is to remain in a United Iraq in which all ethnic and religious groups, through a parliamentary system, can work together peacefully to protect their security, stability and dignity,” the statement read.

“We welcome any friendly assistance from international communities to fight terrorists, radicals, separatists and fugitives from justice.”The statement concluded, “The support, however, should be delivered through the official diplomatic channels of the Iraqi federal government in Baghdad and acknowledge the unity and sovereignty of the Iraqi State.”At a meeting with the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani, Hungarian PM Orgán declared his support for independence of the Kurdistan Region.

The Hungarian PM said, “The KRG has many strengths in various aspects…they can establish their own independent country.”Earlier this week, the president of ISCI shared his views one the issue on Facebook, “The dream of independence for each Iraqi component is natural. Such dreams, however, are not realistic or at least they aren’t a reason for peace and dignity.” The Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI), previously known as the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), is an Iraqi Shi’ite Islamist party. It was established in Iran in the 1980s and today its political support comes from Iraq’s Shi’ite Muslim community.