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France’s Macron praises Abadi’s handling of Kurdistan referendum

By Rudaw 27/9/2017
French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by telephone with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Wednesday. Photos: Rudaw
French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by telephone with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Wednesday. Photos: Rudaw
BAGHDAD, Iraq – France’s president has praised the Iraq’ prime minister’s handling of the Kurdistan independence referendum in a phone call between the two leaders on Wednesday, according to a statement out of Baghdad. 

President Emmanuel Macron reiterated France’s “respect for the unity of Iraq, its territorial integrity, its stability, and the rejection of the referendum in the Kurdistan Region,” read a statement from the media office of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. 

The statement added that Macron praised Abadi for dealing with the situation “with a high level of responsibility” and invited the Iraqi leader to visit France. 

Abadi told Macron that Baghdad will take “decisive measures” to prevent plots that are aimed at dividing the country and undermining its national security, according to the statement. 

On Twitter, Abadi added that Macron had offered “full backing of France” to maintain Iraq’s territorial integrity. 

Elysee has not immediately released a statement on the phone call. 

Baghdad considers the independence referendum illegal and has refused to recognize the landslide 92.73 percent support for independence. In the days after the vote, Abadi has announced several measures against the Kurdistan Region, including deploying troops to disputed zones and shutting Kurdistan’s airports

Before Monday’s vote, Macron had said France would never prevent any “democratic process,” but stressed the need to keep Iraq stable.

Kurdistan and France have historically enjoyed close relations. France was instrumental in establishing the 1991 no-fly zone over northern Iraq that essentially allowed the establishment of the autonomous Kurdish region. 

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Delshad | 27/9/2017
Mr macron ,does sykes_picot rings any bells . this is your leaders mess put 40 million kurdish people life in misery. So don't you dare make any comment because your country is guilty enough
Kurdish State | 28/9/2017
France itself stands on a territory where it has burried many nations and ethnicities who fall under the French violence and many languages were suppressed and forbidden throughout its gruesom and black history of killings and betrayals.France has behaved with those disappeared nations in the same way as Arabs and Turks and their jihadists are behaving now.
Sarwer | 28/9/2017
regardless who support us w ready for War, ratherthan anyting else, but sure they will regret forever and history will proof that shame for Arab turks and persian shame for kurdistan Neighbours.
Jamie | 28/9/2017
Looks like a fabricated news article, there's no mention to this phone call in Iraq media outlets.
The Kurdish Boy | 28/9/2017
Macron has stept into the wrong side of the history. Indeed it is an irresponsible stance .A dark page in in the hustory of France . Macron should know that it was from Baghdad where the Islamist state has emerged and ordered the massacŕes of Paris and Nice .The Kurds have been fighting the Islamist terrorists and by killing jihadists they have saved many French lives. Why does France oppose the democratically held Kurdish referendum on self-determination ?

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