Iran, Iraq, Turkey discuss Kurdistan referendum

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TEHRAN, Sep. 22 (MNA) –The foreign ministers of Iran, Iraq, and Kurdistan met on the sidelines of UNGA in New York and voiced a united no to the referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari shared the table in New York, on Thursday, on the sidelines of the UNGA, to discuss the joint counter measures of three countries against the independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan.

“The foreign ministers of the mentioned countries re-voiced their unequivocal support for preserving political unity and territorial integrity of Iraq and voiced concern over undermining the latest great victories of Iraqi forces in fighting the ISIL with holding an independence referendum,” reads the communiqué released by Iraqi foreign minister after the meeting.

The statement underlines that the participants at the trilateral meeting confirmed the referendum as an illegal measure which could lead to more hard-to-control conflicts in the region.

Reiterating their unwavering opposition to the referendum, the three FMs urged the Kurdistan’s leaders to retreat from their decision.

“The participants at the meeting stressed that the referendum will not benefit the Kurds,” reads another part of the announcement.  

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