Turkish FM calls on Iraqi Kurds to cancel independence referendum

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said that Ankara expects Iraqi Kurdistan to refrain from holding an independence referendum in late September.

In June, the authorities of Iraqi Kurdistan, the regional capital of which is the city of Erbil, announced that they would hold the independence referendum on September 25. On Sunday, Iraqi Kurdistan's President Masoud Barzani said that postponing the vote would be out of the question.

"Our expectation from Erbil is quite plain and clear: this referendum decision should be cancelled," Cavusoglu said Wednesday during a press conference in Baghdad, as quoted by the Anadolu news agency.

On Monday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry reported about Cavusoglu's visit to Iraq, during which he was set to meet both Iraqi and Iraqi Kurdistan's officials.

The central government in Baghdad is opposed to the vote. Many regional and international players, including Turkey, Iran and the United States, have joined the chorus of disapproval, saying such partitioning could be the last thing a war-scarred Iraq needs.


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