TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - According to Sumerria News Chanel, Nouri Al-Maliki in a meeting with Washington’s envoy in Baghdad discussed the recent political and field developments in Iraq.
Pointing out to the Kurdistan Region’s referendum of independence, al-Maliki stressed the Baghdad will negotiate Erbil but after the referendum is cancelled.
“We have no obligation to accept the results of this referendum” he added, calling the plebiscite illegal.
Washington’s envoy also called for protecting Iraq’s territorial integrity.
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) held a non-binding referendum on September 25 on secession from the central government in Baghdad in defiance of Iraq’s stiff opposition.
Major regional and international parties have voiced serious concern over the secessionist move, saying it would compound the problems of the country, which is already busy with counter-terrorism operations against the Daesh terrorist group.
Iran and Turkey had warned that the controversial vote could lead to further instability in the entire Middle East, a region already ravaged by numerous conflicts and terror threats.
In a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran on Wednesday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said the United States and Israel benefit from the recent referendum in Iraq’s Kurdistan region and stressed that Washington and foreign powers seek to create a new Israel.