Roudao – Erbil
The United States of America announced Tuesday that its historical relations with the people of the Kurdistan Region have not changed due to the holding of the non-binding referendum held on 25 September.
“The United States is deeply disappointed by the decision of the Kurdistan Regional Government to hold a unilateral referendum today on independence, including in areas outside the Kurdistan region of Iraq,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Noiret said in a statement.
“The historical relations of the United States with the people of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq has not changed in the light of the non-binding referendum held today, but we believe this step will increase the situation of instability and difficulties for the Kurdistan region and its people.”
As the spokeswoman explained that “a referendum on one side will largely complicate the relationship of the Kurdistan Regional Government with the Government of Iraq and neighboring countries.”
“The battle against Daqash is not over, extremist groups are seeking to exploit instability and differences, and we believe that all parties should engage in dialogue to improve the future of Iraqis,” she said.
“The United States opposes violence and unilateral movements by any party to change borders,” she said.
“The United States supports a united, federal, democratic and prosperous Iraq,” she said. “It will continue to look for opportunities to help Iraqis achieve their aspirations under the constitution.”
Translated and edited by Azad Jamkari