Qubad Talabani, son of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and Kurdistan's representative to the United States, will be visiting the Denver area from Monday, August 9 to Thursday, August 12. Mr. Talabani, who is based in Washington, D.C., is in frequent consultation with military, diplomatic and intelligence officials in Washington and Baghdad.
Politically, he is involved in negotiations to form a new government in Iraq, and was one of the architects of Iraq's first post-Saddam constitution.
U.S. military and intelligence chiefs consider the oil-rich, strategically-located Kurdish region -- which has common borders with Iraq, Syria and Turkey -- as a reliable ally and vital base for U.S. interests in that part of the world.
Thousands of U.S. troops and airmen from Colorado have been deployed to Iraq since the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, many of them to Kurdistan.
In addition to his official events and meetings, Mr. Talabani's top priority while in Colorado is to express the deepest gratitude from the people of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region to the U.S. Military and their families for their role in liberating Iraq from tyranny. While in Colorado, he will also visit with families who paid the ultimate price of losing a loved one in the fight for Iraq's freedom and democracy.