The president launched a lobbying campaign to gather support for Kurds' dream of an independent Kurdistan.
The decision to hold a referendum for independence was delayed in 2014 when Daesh (also known as Islamic State terrorist group) moved deep into northern Iraq, capturing Mosul.
The Foreign Affairs Representative of the KRG Fellah Moustafa confirmed that Barzani had informed foreign diplomats about the Kurdish plans.
"Holding a referendum and implementing the outcome of that referendum are two different things. A referendum to give the Kurdish people a choice is a natural right," Moustafa said. "We will discuss with the Baghdad authorities the future of our relations and settle some issues democratically through dialogue."