Political Since 2017-09-03 at 14:52 (Baghdad time)
Baghdad Mawazine News
The former US ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, ruled out that the referendum on the independence of the Kurdish region will lead to the emergence of a Kurdish state, indicating that the negotiations between Baghdad and Erbil continue and that Barzani will go to Baghdad after the referendum to resume dialogue.
“It is difficult for Barzani to withdraw from the decision to hold the referendum if there is no agreement between Washington and Erbil and Baghdad, but the negotiations between Erbil and Baghdad are still ongoing,” Khalilzad said in an interview with the Turkish newspaper “Khobar Turk” .
Pointing out that “the referendum does not mean the declaration of an independent state immediately, and in the interest of all parties that there is an agreement between Erbil and Baghdad.”
On the Turkish position on the referendum, Khalilzad explained that “Turkey initially refused to establish a Kurdish region in Iraq. There is no doubt that everyone knows that the referendum is about independence. I do not think that Turkey will launch an attack. Ankara agreed when it said that postponing the referendum would be Better, and yet I do not think that anyone can use force against the Kurds. ”
The former US ambassador to Iraq that “after the referendum, Massoud Barzani will return to Baghdad for meetings.”
After the US war in Afghanistan in 2003, he became ambassador to the United States of America in Afghanistan, and in 2005 became US ambassador to Iraq.
Zalmay Khalilzad served as a National Security Council member under President George W. Bush and George W. Bush, and the Greater Middle East project is said to be his own.
In 2009, Zalmay Khalilzad left the US State Department and began working in the political-academic field.