Putin Boxed in By Iran, Turkey on Iraqi Kurdish Referendum

KRG is ‘solely responsible’ for what’s to come PM Yıldırım

KRG is ‘solely responsible’ for what’s to come PM Yıldırım

In fact, Iran closed its airspace to the Kurdistan region at the request of Iraq a day before the referendum, and the Turkish military held drills with the Iraqi military along the Turkey-KRG border.

"We can not accept a referendum held in a climate that is created by burning down civil and land registry offices, forcing those, who did not obey them, to migrate through oppression, violence and illegal ways", President Erdoğan said.

Last week, Erdogan indicated he would mull severing ties with Israel if the Jewish state refused to withdraw its support for an independent Kurdish state. It is clear that the referendum in Northern Iraq is also part of the same project.

Meanwhile, Pakistan on Monday expressed deep concern over the recently held referendum in Northern Iraq, calling it a controversial move that violates the Iraqi Constitution and lacks legitimacy.

Neighbouring Turkey and Iran also strongly opposed the vote, fearing it would inflame the separatist aspirations of their own sizeable Kurdish populations.

Following the vote, Iraq, Iran and Turkey - which all have sizable Kurdish minorities - took measures to isolate Iraqi Kurdistan, including suspending worldwide flights to and from its two main airports.

Herath guides Sri Lanka to tense win against Pakistan
The 32-year-old, in his 115th innings, became the fourth quickest Pakistan batsman to reach the milestone during his unbeaten 74. All credit should go to the people behind me, from my parents to the team and the supporting staff.

Last week, Iraqi Kurdistan voted to secede from Iraq.

He said Pakistan reaffirm full support for the Government and people of Iraq. From September 29, worldwide air service with airports in Iraqi Kurdistan has been stopped.

A spokesman for the US-led coalition said there had been a loss of focus in the fight against IS since the referendum.

"If Israel does not reconsider its support for Kurdish independence, Turkey will not be able to take many steps we would have with Israel, too", he said.

Arbil airport director Talar Faiq Salih has said humanitarian, military and diplomatic flights were excluded from the ban, as were domestic flights.

French President Emmanuel Macron invited al-Abadi to visit Paris on October 5 to discuss the referendum and offered France's help in calming tensions. Erdoğan asked, turning to the Kurdish leadership in Iraq.

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