Barzani made the remarks during a conference entitled 'Iraqi Kurdistan At Crossroads: Current Issues Of Domestic And Middle Eastern Politics' hosted by the University of Kurdistan-Hawler (UKH).
"We have been facing security, economic and humanitarian crises which are beyond any country's capability to overcome these crises without loss," Barzani said during his speech.
While undergoing such severe crises and internal issues, no parties within Kurdistan Region resorted to violence and that is an indication of "our potentials for [building] future", he said, adding "We have successfully passed the test [suffering] ... thus our true values became apparent which we all should take pride in them."
After the crises are over, the focus should be on building a unified nation to set the stage for becoming an independent nation, he was quoted by BasNews as saying.
Regarding the referendum on Kurdistan Region's independence, Barzani said one of the aspects of independence is that it serves as a unifying factor which "unites us all," adding that independence is a common goal of all sides.
While referring to Baghdad-Erbil relations, Barzani said that neighborly relations with Baghdad are far better than the current relations which appear to be a "landlord–tenant relationship."
Barzani called on all sides to play an effective role in building the future of Kurdistan Region, arguing that the time is more favorable than ever for self-determination.
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