BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The Spokesperson for the US State Department, Heather Nauert, issued a statement on Wednesday that opposed the upcoming Iraqi Kurdistan referendum.
“The United States strongly opposes the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government’s referendum on independence, planned for September 25,” Nauert stated.
“All of Iraq’s neighbors, and virtually the entire international community, also oppose this referendum. The United States urges Iraqi Kurdish leaders to accept the alternative, which is a serious and sustained dialogue with the central government, facilitated by the United States and United Nations, and other partners, on all matters of concern, including the future of the Baghdad-Erbil relationship,” State Department Spokesperson continued.
“If this referendum is conducted, it is highly unlikely that there will be negotiations with Baghdad, and the above international offer of support for negotiations will be foreclosed,” she added.
Despite heavy opposition from regional countries, the Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament has decided to go through with the referendum, ignoring Baghdad’s objection.