Pragmatic and realistic Kurds who understand the geopolitics of the region should enjoy their democratic rights within the countries they live, according to a top diplomat from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq. 

“The model that we have in Kurdistan cannot be duplicated in Turkey, Syria or Iran,” said Safeen Dizayee, the head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations, during an event Wednesday at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Dizayee said Kurds in Syria have “gone through many difficulties” in the past such as the denial of citizenship and demographic change in 1960s under the

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