(AhlulBayt News Agency) -Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that sanctions on northern Iraq would increase in the near future referring to Kurdistan region.
Speaking to his Justice and Development (AK) Party's parliamentary group in capital Ankara, Erdogan said: “Any incident taking place in Syria and Iraq is not independent from us, they are linked directly to our domestic affairs, adding that sanctions on northern Iraq would increase.”
He again criticized the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG)'s illegitimate referendum in northern Iraq that was recently held on Sep. 25.
"The referendum crisis in northern Iraq is a new attempt to strike the heart of our region with a dagger.
"We hope the northern Iraq administration comes to its senses soon," Erdogan said and urged Masoud Barzani to cancel the referendum.
Following the Kurdistan independence referendum, the Iraqi government also imposed several sanctions over the Kurdistan Region including a ban on international flights to and from the Kurdistan Region and stopping financial transactions.