On 11 July 2017, the President of the Kurdish-European Society (KES) Kahraman Evsen met the former Foreign Minister of Iraq Hoshyar Zebari in the European Parliament. Zebari is a high-ranking member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party and holds a key position in the committee in charge of carrying out the Kurdish independence referendum on 25 September 2017. Evsen and Zebari exchanged views on the upcoming referendum and were confident that at the end of the process there would be a Kurdish state.