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Iran Reluctant to Blame Iraqi Kurdistan for 'Strategic Mistakes' - FM

07 Octobre 2017

"Soon the borders will be closed too".

Iran has banned fuel trade with the Kurds, and worldwide flights to the region have been suspended since Friday after Iraq closed Kurdish airspace. The neighbours are concerned their own Kurdish minorities could seek to break away.

Kurdish media and social media were rife with complaints about the flight ban imposed by Baghdad, which, they said, had prevented larger worldwide participation at the funeral. At the same time, the central government's North Oil Co. has been shipping crude to Ceyhan through a Kurdish pipeline that connects with the Turkish link. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also warned of possible military action, likening the referendum to a "dagger thrust into the heart of the region". After meeting Erdogan in Tehran on Wednesday, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran and Turkey should prevent the Iraqi Kurds from declaring independence.

Iraqi President Fuad Massum, also a Kurd, Interior Minister Qassem al-Araji, a Shiite, and parliament speaker Salim al-Juburi, a Sunni Arab, represented the Baghdad government.

"You only have Israel behind you". "The vote of the Kurdish minority is an act of betrayal toward the entire region".

Based on undisputable evidence, the U.S. and Israel have reached a general agreement on the Kurdish session vote, Erdogan said, regretting that Iraq's Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani had made an unforgivable mistake.

He said dialogue "is the only path" out of the crisis, and said France is ready "to contribute actively to mediation".

30 charged that the waving of Israeli flags by Iraqi Kurds during independence celebrations was proof of Mossad's involvement.

"We respect the aspirations of all citizens, including the Kurds, I respect those aspirations", the Iraqi leader noted, adding that "we must work together".

With the fall of Hawija, which lies near the Kurdish-held oil city of Kirkuk, the only area that remains under control of Islamic State in Iraq is a stretch alongside the western border with Syria, where the militant group is also in retreat.

The people of Iraqi Kurdistan voted overwhelmingly in favour of independence in the 25 September vote.

Erdogan on Thursday, while traveling back from Tehran, said a decision to ban Iraqi Kurdish energy exports would be coordinated with Tehran and Baghdad.

According to Lt. Gen. Shaker Jawdat, Chief of Iraqi Federal Police - "The Hawija offensive has left 270 militants killed, gaining control on an area of 640 square kilometers".

A member of Kurdish Peshmerga forces (R) helps people, who fled from their homes in Hawija, as they arrive to be transported to camps for displaced people, in southwest of Kirkuk, Iraq October 4, 2017.

"We do not recognise the illegal referendum conducted by the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, and no country has supported the move by Kurdish Region anywhere in the world except Israel", Erdoğan said. Last week he said the region could run out of food if Turkish truck shipments at the border were stopped.

Iran Reluctant to Blame Iraqi Kurdistan for 'Strategic Mistakes' - FM