Army Chief:

KRG referendum plan to hurt Iraqi Kurds

News ID: 4093887 -
TEHRAN, Sep. 21 (MNA) – Army Chief Maj. Gen. Bagheri criticized Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s plan to hold a referendum on independence, saying the move would hurt the Kurds in northern Iraq.

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri made the remarks on Thursday, saying the current grievous situation in Iraq and lack of unity in the Arab country is due to a lack of following the orders of one leader.

The KRG is going ahead with a referendum on independence on September 25. In a trilateral meeting between foreign ministers of Iran, Iraq, and Turkey on Wednesday, the sides voiced their concern that the planned referendum by the KRG puts Iraq’s hard-earned gains against ISIL under great risk.

They also registered their unequivocal opposition to the referendum, urging the leadership of the KRG to refrain from holding the referendum which could provoke new conflicts in the region.

Elsewhere, Maj. Gen. Bagheri noted US President’s remarks at the UN General Assembly, deeming Trump’s anti-Iran words nothing but mere ‘fireworks’; “The US Army is witness to our defense might as they encounter us in the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormoz or across the Southwest Asian region. They should tell their president that the US Army cannot invade and attack Iran.”

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