Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, Executive Chairman of Iraq Britain Business Council
"New Year events allow us a moment to reflect on the past and to approach the future with optimism and goodwill. Newroz is a great moment in the Kurdish calendar, as it is for many people in the surrounding region. I am therefore delighted to be celebrating it with many Kurdish friends. Business and educational partnerships between the United Kingdom and Kurdistan was the subject of the IBBC's latest conference in London. It served to remind the many participants of our enduring friendship and of the creative spirit which is so much part of the Kurdish tradition."