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Turkish and Kurdish foreign ministers meet in New York

By Rudaw 18/9/2017
File photo: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) meets with Falah Mustafa (L), Foreign Minister of the Kurdistan Regionduring a security forum, in Bratislava, Slovakia on May 26,2017. Photo: Cavusoglu's twitter account.
File photo: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) meets with Falah Mustafa (L), Foreign Minister of the Kurdistan Regionduring a security forum, in Bratislava, Slovakia on May 26,2017. Photo: Cavusoglu's twitter account.
NEW YORK, United States – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Kurdish counterpart Falah Mustafa met in New York one week before the Kurdistan vote on independence.

The two are in New York for the UN General Assembly.

Speaking with Rudaw after their meeting, Falah Mustafa said Turkey remains opposed to the timing of the referendum. 

“They, along with some other countries, are engaged with presenting another alternative so that Kurdistan postpones its referendum,” he explained. 

American, British, and UN officials have been meeting with the Kurdish leadership recently in a bid to persuade the Kurds to postpone the vote.

Kurdish officials, however, state their goal is independence and they want clear guarantees from Baghdad and the international community if they are to agree to postpone the vote. 

Ankara is expected to make an official statement on the referendum after a meeting of its National Security Council on Friday.
 
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi are to meet later this week to discuss the Kurdistan referendum, Erdogan revealed, explaining that he believes they are on the same page when it comes to protecting the unity of Iraq.


Correction: The UN's representative to Iraq, Jan Kubis, did not attend the meeting between the two foreign ministers, as Rudaw earlier reported. 

Last updated at 11:01 pm

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Skandinavian | 18/9/2017
Unity of Iraq? What?!? Iraq has never been unite. Two ideological parties (sunnis and shiias) will never unite. It would be better for all if the only democratic part of Iraq could peacefully form their own country. They will not disappear anywhere! Kurdistan would still have their tourist sites available for Iraqies and they will always help refugees like did now. The reagion needs a "safe haven" for those who are in their turn to be killed... either sunnis or shias... C'est la vie...
Jeff | 18/9/2017
Kurdish foreign minister ??!! I didn't know you already became a country and have a foreign ministry . His actual position for those of you who don't know is ' Head of the department for foreign affairs ' you can be a foreign minister if you don't actually have a country . If he is a foreign minister , how come we didn't see him in the UN. Lol
Mohamedzzz | 18/9/2017
All they need Kurds is respect from Turkey, it is the time that 100 years of humiliation stop. VOTE ''YES''
Gerdi | 18/9/2017
This "ally" is threatening to close the border on us and invade us. Even safegarding their interests, going against fellow Kurds (PKK) and doing business worth many many billions with them is not enough to change their racist minds. I used to be one of those who would argue with fellow Kurds on the importance of ties with Turkey, I truley thought that after Turks saw that we're not a threat and that we can be allies they would change their view, if a decade of close cooperation was not enough it never will be, I was very wrong and take everything back.
Independant Kurdiustan | 18/9/2017
Europe now fully understand the real dictatorship of turkey, there was a time when there was a talk about joining Europe..not in a million years

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