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Iran FM Says Kurdish Referendum 'Wrong Choice', Impacts Iraqi Security

© REUTERS / Ruben SprichJavad Zarif Iranian Foreign Minister attends the session "Next Steps for Iran and the World" during the Annual Meeting 2016 of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland January 20, 2016
Javad Zarif Iranian Foreign Minister attends the session Next Steps for Iran and the World during the Annual Meeting 2016 of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland January 20, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The independence referendum planned by the Kurdistan Regional Government is a wrong choice that would significantly undermine Iraqi and regional security, Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On June 7, Kurdistan Regional Government President Masoud Barzani met with all the political parties in Kurdistan and they agreed on a September date for the referendum, according to published reports.

"We believe referendum is not the right choice," Zarif stated on Monday. "It would be limited to Kurdish population, and an impact on Iraqi security would be disastrous."

Brett McGurk, US special presidential envoy to the US-led coalition against Daesh terror group (outlawed in Russia), previously expressed a similar view, stating that the Kurdistan regional government should not go forward with a planned referendum due to the complexities of keeping a cross-cultural, ethnic military coalition focused on its mission to defeat Daesh.    

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