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'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.
Paçavra denilen bu bayrak, Irak Anayasası'nda tanımlanan Kürdistan Bölgesel Yönetimi'nin resmi bayrağıdır.— Sezgin Tanrıkulu (@MSTanrikulu) September 6, 2020
Bayraklar, her halkın ve o bayrak altında yaşayan yurttaşların onurudur.
Bayrağa hakaret toplumsal barışa düşmanlıktır, kabul edilemez. pic.twitter.com/VCU8GUrxWv
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).