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.
, 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.
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