On 19 August 2017, the President of the Kurdish-European Society in Switzerland (KES Suisse), Firat Aksak gave a speech at the Independence Festival in Zurich. In his speech, Mr Aksak assured KES Suisse’s unreserved support for the independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan on 25 September 2017. He also underlined the importance of the referendum for Kurds in all of Kurdistan and the Diaspora.