Trump’s envoy confirms US opposition to Kurdistan referendum


Release Date: 2017/8/24 18:38 • 45 times read
(Reuters) – US President Barack Obama’s envoy to the United States, Donald H. Trump, reiterated US opposition to the September 25 referendum on Kurdistan, urging KRG officials and the federal government to set up a new framework for dialogue on a range of issues, including their future relationship.
“From August 19 to 23, the Special Presidential Envoy of the International Coalition to defeat Brett McGork visited Iraq to meet with senior Iraqi government officials and security officials accompanied by the ambassador,” a statement from the US embassy in Baghdad said. US Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Seelman, and met McGowork with Prime Minister Haider Abadi and Speaker of the House of Representatives Salim al-Jubouri and other dignitaries political, religious and security. ”

“He also accompanied the special presidential envoy, US Defense Secretary Jim Matisse, who visited Iraq on August 22 to meet with Prime Minister Haider Abadi, Defense Minister Maj. Gen. Irfan al-Hayali and Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani.

“The Iraqi security forces and the Kurdish Peshmerga have won their victories on the battlefield, including the liberation of Mosul, which was achieved with courage,” Special Envoy McGowork said, hoping that “the Iraqi security forces will achieve a major victory in the battle of the liberation of Tal Afar, Earlier this week. ” He reiterated US opposition to the September 25 referendum and urged KRG officials and the central government to set a new framework for dialogue on a range of issues, including their future relationship. “The United States is ready to fully support this process,” he said.

According to the statement, Special Presidential Envoy McGurk and Ambassador Silliman, accompanied by US Consul General in Erbil, Kenneth Gross, visited Tall Bishop in Nineveh Province on August 23 to meet with local government officials and visit Chaldean families who fled from Daqsh in 2014 when they took control of the city for eight days in 2016, attacked the city once again, killing more than twenty Kurdish peshmerga and a member of the US Navy, who was working with the units the task of providing advice and assistance. ”
McGuck praised” Prime Minister Abadi for his contacts with Saudi Arabia, which led a Z to achieve a historic development in the relations between the two countries , “adding that” the United States will continue to support Iraq ‘s integration with the region and the construction of new trade routes permeated the benefit of all Iraqi communities that are still recovering from the effects of the war against Daesh. ”
“The commitment of the coalition and the United States to help the Iraqi campaign to defeat the battlefield and provide basic support in the areas of humanitarian assistance and stabilization while victories in the battles are achieved,” said Special Envoy McGuck in his meetings. McGork urged the international community to “continue to support Iraq in its efforts to care for those still displaced and to create the conditions for a safe return to their homes.”


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