U.S. dismayed by Kurdish vote

27 Sep 2017   Iraq

The U.S. State Department said it was dismayed by a decision from the Kurdish government in Iraq to move ahead with a referendum for independence. Photo by Gailan Haji/EPA Sept. 26 (UPI) — The U.S. government expressed deep disappointment with the Kurdish decision to hold a vote for independence that had regional oil implications. The U.S. State Department said in a statement published late Monday that the relationship with the Kurdish region of Iraq won’t change because of a referendum for independence, though the step would likely make matters worse, not better. “The unilateral referendum will greatly complicate the Kurdistan Regional Government’s relationship with both the government of Iraq and neighboring states,” the statement read. Turkey, which shares a border with the Kurdish north, said Monday it would take whatever steps necessary to ensure stability in the wake of the referendum. President Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan said the referendum was […]

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