A message to the protesters
These are challenging times for our region. Your frustrations are understandable، and I hear them. Peaceful expression of views is of course a legitimate and democratic right.
But violence is never acceptable. I call on all of you to conduct your protests peacefully.
We must also remember that we still live in a violent and fragile region. Just in the last day our Peshmerga have fought a skirmish with Daesh terrorists. Of even more concern is that we are tracking movements by Iraqi forces in Makhmour.
We are stronger when we are united. I appreciate your resilience and patience in this difficult period. We have got through much worse in the past، and I still believe that، together، we will build a better future.