America welcomes the dialogue of Erbil with Baghdad and repeated with Iran and Turkey attitudes towards the referendum of Kurdistan
The United States reiterated its opposition to the referendum on the independence of the Iraqi Kurdistan region scheduled for late September next.
"We welcome the ongoing dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad," US State Department spokeswoman Heather Noyert told a news conference, noting the importance of "focusing now on the biggest battle that is going on - the war against an oppressive organization."
"The vast majority of countries have suffered the scourge of terrorism against many free societies and we want to eliminate it before embarking on anything else," she said.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a telephone conversation with Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani on Saturday that Washington wants to postpone the referendum to be held by the region.
The head of the general staff of the Iranian armed forces, Major General Mohammad Baqri, said that Iran and Turkey have a common position on the referendum on Iraq's Kurdistan independence, and both are opposed to this decision.
"We held talks during the visit with Turkish officials on important regional issues, including the referendum on independence in the Kurdistan region of Iraq," Major General Bagheri said in a statement carried by Eritrean media after meeting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and senior military and security officials.
He added that "the Iranian and Turkish sides have confirmed and announced in these meetings that if the referendum is conducted, it will form the basis for the beginning of a series of tensions and confrontations inside Iraq will be affected by neighboring countries as well."
Bakri said that "the referendum on independence in the Kurdistan region of Iraq will make Iraq and Iran and Turkey in the midst of the case and said," That is why officials of the two countries confirm that this is not possible and should not happen. "
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