Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, called for talks with Kurdish leaders, over independence referendum of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan.
“I call on the Kurdish leaders to come to Baghdad to open the dialogue, and we must pay attention to those who are trying to escalate the pace of racism,” Abadi said.
“The Council of Ministers is for all Iraqis, and you are first-class citizens. Beware of being drawn into sedition that would waste what has been achieved,” Abadi warned.
“Again I stress on the unity and the need for dialogue, the referendum is unconstitutional,” Abadi said.
Earlier, the Iraqi parliament voted on a draft of law rejecting the Kurdish independence referendum, putting obligation on Abadi to “take all measures that preserve the unity of Iraq and start a serious dialogue, to address outstanding issues between Baghdad and the Kurdish region.”
Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurdish leading figure and former Iraq’s Finance and Foreign Minister, said, the referendum will be held on Sept 25, after all the official bodies in the region completed their preparations in all aspects of security and logistics.
On Jun 7, the Kurdish President, Masoud Barzani, announced his intention to hold a referendum on the independence of the Kurdish region from Iraq, on Sept 25
Source: NAM News Network