Kurdish, Iraqi leaders pour in congratulatory messages to US President-elect Joe Biden on winning election

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., arrive to speak at a news conference at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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SULAIMANI —A number of Kurdish and Iraqi government and political leaders congratulated the US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on winning the US elections after passing the entailing 270 electoral votes needed out of the 530 electors.

Biden’s victory in the battleground state of Pennsylvania terminated four days of nail-biting suspense and pushed his supporters into the streets of major cities in celebration.

“I congratulate @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris . I look forward to continuing the close, strong cooperation between the Kurdistan Region and the US. Our partnership is crucial to regional stability and prosperity,” the Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Masrour Barzani tweeted.

KRG Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani also congratulated Biden and Harris for winning the elections.

“A big congratulations to a good man, a seasoned politician, and an old friend @JoeBiden ; the next #POTUS. We look forward to working with his administration to build on our already strong partnership with the US government, the US military and the American people,” Talabani said in a tweet, and also congratulated Harris for becoming the first ever female vice president. “Historically US VP’s have been heavily involved in US-Iraq policy. Certainly, so long as I’ve been involved; Gore, Cheney, Biden, Pence have all engaged closely on Iraq & we hope a VP Harris does too.”

In the meantime, Iraqi President Barham Salih extended his “warmest congratulations” to Biden.

@JoeBiden , a friend and trusted partner in the cause of building a better Iraq. We look forward to working to achieve our common goals and strengthening peace and stability in the entire Middle East.” Salih said in a tweet.

Iraqi Prime Minister also congratulated Biden and Harris for winning the election in a tweet and said he “look forward to working with you on strengthening the strategic ties that bind Iraq and the United States, building on common values between our nations to overcome challenges together.”

President of New Generation Movement also was of the Kurdish leaders who congratulated both victorious Democratic candidates and hoped that that the new administration “gives priority to the region in strengthening Democratic principles in which we all believe.”


Leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) expressed his “heartfelt congratulations to you, my friend, President-elect @JoeBiden for your victory. I sincerely hope and pray that the free world under your leadership will witness more peace and prosperity,” he said in a tweet.

Also the Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani in a tweet expressed his “heartfelt congratulations to President-Elect @JoeBiden and Vice President-Elect @KamalaHarris  on their victory in the U.S. presidential election. I look forward to working together to further strengthen our partnership and bilateral ties.”

In northeastern Syria, known as Rojava or officially the Autonomous Administration of North East Syria (AANES), Commander of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces Mazlou Abdi extended his “warmest congratulations” to both president-elect and vice president-elect in a tweet.

“We look forward to continued close cooperation with the United States to protect our gains in the fight against Daesh (ISIS) and build a better future for Syrians,” he tweeted, using an Arabic acronym for the militant group.

(NRT Digital Media)