İYİ Party official insults KRG flag placed on table during meeting between Çavuşoğlu, Barzani

The Sakarya provincial head of İYİ (Good) Party has insulted the KRG flag placed on the table during a meeting with Turkish FM Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and KRG President Nechirvan Barzani, by referring to as “soup of rags.” After the insult has received criticism, Selçuk Kılıçaslan removed the tweet from his account.

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The provincial head of İYİ (Good) Party in Turkey's western province of Sakarya, Selçuk Kılıçaslan, has insulted the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) flag placed on the table during a meeting between Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and KRG President Nechirvan Barzani on Sept. 4.

Kılıçaslan circled the KRG flag and wrote on his Twitter account: “What was in the food mr. minister, soup of rags?”

Kılıçaslan has later removed his tweet from his account.

Kılıçaslan's insult of the flag with the term of “soup of rags” has received widespread condemnation. The İYİ Party official later removed the relevant tweet from his account.

Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Sezgin Tanrıkulu shared on his Twitter account the KRG flag and wrote: “Insult against the flag is an animosity against social peace, it is unacceptable.”

“This flag, which is referred to as 'rags,' is the official flag of the Kurdistan Regional Government, which has been defined in the Iraqi Constitution. A flag is the honor of every nation and of every citizen living under that flag,” Tanrıkulu wrote.

Çavuşoğlu met with Barzani in the Turkish capital Ankara on Sept. 4. In a Twitter post, the Turkish minister said the two officials discussed bilateral relations and the joint fight against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).