Erdogan confirms to Abadi rejection of referendum in Iraq’s Kurdistan region

FNA- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated his country’s position during a phone call to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Ankara’s rejection of holding a referendum in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, while the Iraqi leader stressed that the clear position of the his government is to take all measures necessary to maintain the country ‘s unity and prevent all threats against peace in the war-hit country.

“Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi received a telephone call from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,” Abadi’s office said in a statement, Al Sumariya reported.

“Erdogan congratulated the Iraqi people on the impressive victories of the terrorist gangs, especially the liberation of Mosul and the rest of the cities.”

Erdogan praised the distinguished leadership role that Iraq played in war agaisnt terroris, and the importance of starting a new stage for the cohesion and unity of all Iraqis,” pointing out “the position of Turkey rejecting the referendum in Kurdistan.”

He stressed “his country’s full support for the Iraqi government and all its steps to preserve the unity of Iraq,” pointing out “Turkey’s keenness to coordinate with Iraq for the security and stability of the region.”

For his part, Abadi stressed that “the unity of efforts among all components of the Iraqi nation was a vital reason for the victories,” stressing the need to “complete the liberation of all lands from the clutches of terrorism.”

He stressed the importance of coordination among all countries in the region to eliminate terrorism of all kinds. He pointed out that “the position of the Iraqi government is clear to take all necessary steps to preserve the unity of the country and prevent all threats to civil peace.”

Turkish Prime Minister Ben Ali Yildirim on Monday rejected the “fait accompli” on his country’s southern border in Syria and Iraq, threatening to take the necessary response against any attempt to threaten Turkey’s national security.