Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Tuesday that his talks with the Korean delegation on the referendum were very open.
Abadi said in a press conference that followed a meeting of his government. He pointed out that “talking with the Kurdish delegation was very frank and we exchanged talk with them on the basis of a unified Iraq, not a divided one.”
Abadi called on Kurdish leaders to “seriously think and move away from the referendum decision because it does not serve the interests of Kurdistan and Iraq.”
The Kurdish delegation arrived in Baghdad last week and held a series of meetings with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, President Fuad Masum, Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jubouri as well as party leaders and ambassadors of foreign countries.
The delegation is still in Baghdad amid expectations of a second round of talks.
On the military campaign in Tal Afar, Abadi said that Iraqi forces are moving towards the center of Tal Afar amid the collapse of an advocate, noting the arrival of Iraqi forces to the judicial center from the eastern and southern sides, and two days after the start of judicial liberalization.
He noted that the plan to liberate Tal Afar takes into account the preservation of civilian lives and accommodation of displaced persons and secure corridors for their safe exit.