Independence referendum plan on the move: Kurdish Official

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Iraq's Kurds will maintain their plan to hold a referendum on independence on Sept. 25, despite a U.S. request to postpone it, a high-ranking Kurdish official said on Saturday.

"The date is standing, Sept. 25, no change," said Hoshyar Zebari, a close adviser to Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani, commenting on the request communicated by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, reported by Reuters.

The U.S. State Department said in June it was concerned that the referendum will distract from "more urgent priorities" such as the defeat of ISIS.


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