Iraq’s President Abdul-Latif Jamal Rashid called Thursday for addressing the shortcomings in the administration of the city of Halabja to make it a model city of progress, development and status.
Rashid congratulated the people of Halabja on the occasion of the federal government’s decision to transform it into a governorate.
“On the (35th) anniversary of the criminal massacre of Halabja I affirm my sympathy for the victims of the injustice that befell the people of the city. May the martyrs of Halabja be reassured and may all wounds heal. We will always remain loyal to those pure sacrifices as we affirm our readiness to provide assistance to the beloved city of Halabja.” Rashid said.
He pointed out, “The Halabja massacre and its bombing with chemical weapons caused serious wounds to all of humanity and we may need a long time for those wounds to heal.”
“I congratulate the honorable people of Halabja on the occasion of the federal government’s decision to transform it into a governorate,” Rashid said, calling on “the Kurdistan Regional Government, the region’s parliament, and political parties to unite efforts to implement and complete legal procedures to make Halabja a governorate”.
“I also call for addressing the shortcomings in the administration of the city of Halabja in order to make this city a model of progress, development and prestige.”
The president went onto say “The tragedy of Halabja and its remembrance urge us to move forward towards serving the city and the families of the victims by making more efforts to heal the wounds and remove the traces of destruction.”