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Spokeswoman: US remains friends with Kurds, against any violence

By Rudaw 29/9/2017
“If we are asked to assist in any way – look, we’re friends with the Kurds; we are friends with the central government of Iraq.
“If we are asked to assist in any way – look, we’re friends with the Kurds; we are friends with the central government of Iraq." Heather Nauert said.

WASHINGTON DC—US State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert says that the United States is against any violence breaking out as a result of disagreements between Baghdad and Erbil as after Monday’s independence referendum and that the US remains friends with the Kurds.

Responding to a question from Rudaw’s Namo Abdulla, Nauert said: “We would oppose any violence if that were to take place. I hope our voice would be heard in a very strong fashion that we oppose violence on any side of this.”

Nauret went on to say that despite the US opposition to the Kurdish referendum, now “We want Kurdistan – we want the Kurds, we want Iraq – the central government of Iraq to remain focused on the fight against ISIS. We have concerns that this will take the focus off the fight against ISIS.”

She added that any steps that may lead to more instability must be avoided.

“That being said, I want to be very cautious about inflaming tensions. We understand the concerns that many in the region have, and the United States Government doesn’t want to do anything to inflame tensions in that arena. We want to avoid anything that would contribute to any additional instability.”

Nauert said that the US has not remained silent and that they have spoken to both Iraqi and Kurdish leaders on the situation.

“If we are asked to assist in any way – look, we’re friends with the Kurds; we are friends with the central government of Iraq. We have fought – our American forces have fought side by side with your folks, okay? We want to have a stable, unified Iraq. We want that more than anything. We want ISIS out of Iraq. We want to see them decimated and to never wreak terror on your communities again.” Nauert said.

Since Monday’s referendum and the results that showed a 92.7 percent vote in favour of independence many countries especially Iraq and Turkey have threatened the Kurdistan Region with sanctions.

Iraq has vowed to block all land and air traffic to and from the Region, starting with a flight ban on Friday evening.


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Stewee Guy | 29/9/2017
Thank you US! finally we hear the right statements ? your past few days Statements made Erdogan and Ayatollah think they're the Muslims supper power in the world.
duroi | 29/9/2017
Baghdad and Washington must listen to voices of 3 Millions in Kurdistan who voted for a Kurdistan state to prevent yet another war in this fake Iraqi state, created by UK/France for their selfish colonial interests 100 years ego, by ignoring voices of people. The Shiites really want a 8th century theocracy like in Iran and Kurds want the opposite, a 21th century secular democracy. The other alternative which Kurds support is for Shiite oil rich regions in Iraq, east of 43.8 E Mer (up to point it touches Tigris) be exchanged with Kurdish areas in Iran, west of 48 E Mer (excluding Shiite Azeri regions) if the Mullas in Tehran and Najaf genuinely want a more lasting velayet faqih system. هم خر هم خرما ؟
Canadian | 29/9/2017
the hell with Iraq and turkey. Kurds deserve there independence.
Peter | 30/9/2017
if it becomes stable everyone will want to revert to the old status quo..their is 42 million kurds who have a historic right to a Nation,,they havent gone anywhere , they have always been where they are,,they have shown restraint towards minorities and cooperation , which of these other nations that wish to take their land can say the sam!! we have allowed a dictatorial culture which cares for no others to hold these people and other peoples in the Middle East as hostages for 1000yrs,, time to change that ,,freedom is not free and sometimes we must own the cost of it,, this ideology their enemies follow does not allow minorities rights or existance in the lands they come to or takeover ,, it must be stopped and set back
jonathan harker | 30/9/2017
If Washington says they are friends with the Kurds and then adds that they are for "an unified Irak", there is something going wrong...

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