TEHRAN, Sep. 06 (Press Shia) – Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has reiterated Turkey’s strong opposition against the Iraqi Kurdish region government’s bid to hold an independence referendum late September, describing the move as a “grave mistake.”
“This referendum should not be carried out. Problems are already at the highest level in the region. Adding yet another problem would have not a single contribution to the region and to regional countries,” Yıldırım told reporters at a reception held late Sept. 5 to mark the beginning of the judicial year.
Turkey has long been vocal against the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government’s bid to hold a referendum on Sept. 25, in which forming an independent Kurdish state will be put to a vote. Regional countries, Turkey and Iran as well as Iraq have announced their opposition to the plan, reported Hurriyet Daily.
“We have always stressed that the decision of the regional government in northern Iraq to hold a referendum is a grave mistake. We continue to think this way,” Yıldırım said. He said his government and its main supporter, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), have no disagreement on this issue, despite reports suggesting the opposite.