Trump, Erdogan Reject Iraqi Kurdish Vote on Independence

from Sputnik International

US President Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey rejected a plan by Iraqi Kurds to hold an independence vote and called for “intense” talks, the White House has said.

“The two leaders reaffirmed their rejection of the planned Kurdistan Regional Government’s referendum on September 25th, and the serious consequences that would follow if it occurs,” the press release read.

“They called on Kurdish leaders to accept the process of intense negotiations on all outstanding issues which the United States and Turkey are prepared to endorse and support,” it added.

Iraqi Kurdistan leader Masoud Barzani called the vote in June. It has drawn sharp international criticism, with the UN Security Council warning that the security of three million refugees and internally displaced people would be at risk if the vote were to take place before the Islamists were defeated…

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