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Iraq says no dialogue with Kurds over referendum

Sep 26, 2017, 6:32 AM EDT
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi
(Source: Foreign and Commonwealth Office/flickr)

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Monday that the country will not hold any talks with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) over the results of an “unconstitutional” referendum, adding that the Kurdish region’s internal issues cannot be linked to Baghdad.

Abadi blamed the economic and financial challenges in the region to corruption and mismanagement, warning that the situation may worsen with the calls for separation, writes Al Jazeera.

A landmark vote was held in Iraq’s Kurdistan region on Monday, with turnout over 70 percent, notes the BBC. Disappointed at the development, the U.S. State Department said the vote will fuel further instability and hardships in the region.