Iraqi president calls for dialogue with Kurds
"I call on all sides of the conflict to immediately launch a dialogue on the basis of constitutional principles," Iraqi President Fuad Masoum said, adding that the escalation of the crisis may have "devastating consequences."

"I call on the people of the Kurdistan to respect the power of the law," he added.

A referendum on independence for the Kurdistan region of Iraq was held on September 25. More than 92% of voters supported the idea of independence from Iraq.

Earlier, Iraq’s central authorities, in particular Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, made it quite clear that any talks are out of the question until the results of Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence referendum are revoked. Many states, including Iraq’s neighbors Iran and Turkey, also condemned the vote.

Iraqi Kurdistan’s leaders said on October 8 they were are ready for talks with the federal government in Baghdad without any preliminary conditions.

Reporter’s code: 50101

News Code: 17309  |  Date: 2017/10/18  |  Time: 12 : 49

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