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Kurdistan

Iraqi PM rejects Erbil's offer to freeze referendum results

By Rudaw 26/10/2017
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi [L] met with Iran's Vice President Eshaq Jahangiti [R] in Tehran on October 26, 2017. Photo: Iraqi PM media office
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi [L] met with Iran's Vice President Eshaq Jahangiti [R] in Tehran on October 26, 2017. Photo: Iraqi PM media office
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Thursday that they will not accept anything from the Kurdish government less than cancelling the Kurdish independence referendum that was held on September 25 despite Baghdad’s opposition. His remark comes a day after the Kurdish authorities offered to freeze the outcome of the independence vote. 

“We do not accept anything but cancelling the referendum, and adherence to the [Iraqi] constitution,” PM Abadi said while meeting the Iranian Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri in Tehran.
 
Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei said on Thursday that he stands by PM Abadi's measures to preserve Iraq's territorial integrity

Jahangiri, on his part, congratulated the Iraqi leader on his victory against the ISIS militants and for his efforts to protect the territorial integrity of Iraq.

Following the nearly 93-percent vote for independence, Iraqi forces and the Iran-backed Hashd al-Shaabi have taken control of almost all disputed or Kurdistani areas from the Kurdish Peshmerga since October 16, including oil-rich Kirkuk.

Arguing against what would be a devastating war between Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, the KRG proposed three things on Wednesday morning: the cessation of fighting in the Kurdistan Region; freezing the outcome of the independence referendum; and beginning dialogue with the federal government on the basis of the Iraqi constitution.

PM Abadi is on a Mideast tour and has so far visited Saudi Arabia, Cairo, Jordan, Turkey and Iran. These countries have all expressed their support for the territorial integrity of Iraq in light of the Kurdish vote.

 

 

Freezing Kurdish vote is one more nail in US, Israel coffin: IRGC commander


Last updated at 1:03 p.m. 

 

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West | 26/10/2017
Abadi won the fight against Isis ? What a joke....
duroi | 26/10/2017
KRG approach in giving more concessions is not working. Baghdad is punching and this violence is the discourse in the ring and you need to speak with the same language with your opponent, much louder and much stronger. Hesitating to use force in a war when Baghdad is not hesitating is a fatal mistake. KRG needs to take the war to the ground of its opponent and destroy Baghdad's infrastructure the way they are doing it in Kurdistan. Offense is the best defense and summon up the courage to through the killer punch. Baghdad had it coming ....
richard | 26/10/2017
I Was very close to throwing up reading the comment to Abadi about congratulating on defeating ISIS, what a crock of shit!!!! Peshmerga have done that, not INA!!!
Non kurd | 26/10/2017
F*** this dog and his terrorist masters in Iran. He's to blame for all iraqi and Kurdish deaths now.
Mcha Londone | 26/10/2017
Abadi the fat clown rejects our offer? Really? I think he is getting a little ahead of himself, maybe it is time for us to take back what is ours, enough of this "Peaceful", approach the time has come now to show these cowards who the "Real" army is, a bunch of rag-tag Shias will not stop in our way! Redraw the maps or we will redraw them with Kurdish Blood and the blood of our enemies ! There is no "United" Iraq, Syria, Iran and Turkey! they are all occupiers and the state of the middle east only proves this! Someone grow some balls and REDRAW the maps before its too late!

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