President Barzani and Secretary Tillerson Discuss the Kurdistan Independence Referendum | |
Salahadin, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, ( Through a telephone conversation between President Masoud Barzani and the United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, the two sides discussed a number of the salient issues in the region. Among the topics discussed between President Barzani and Secretary Tillerson spoke of the Mosul operation and the successful campaign which was launched by the Peshmerga and Iraqi forces, with support from the U.S.-led coalition. Secretary Tillerson commended President Barzani and the Peshmerga forces for the excellent cooperation between Baghdad and Erbil during that crucial operation. He added by congratulating the President and the Iraqi and Peshmerga forces for the successful operation which resulted in the liberation of the city. Secretary Tillerson also expressed his condolences to the families and loved ones of those who were killed during the operation.

The two sides also spoke of the ongoing and future operations against the terrorists of the Islamic State.

President Barzani and Secretary Tillerson also discussed the scheduled Independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region on September 25. Secretary Tillerson commended President Barzani for the decision to send a high-level delegation to Baghdad to discuss some of the outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad. He also added that the United States government would want for the referendum to be postponed and that the issues between the Kurdistan Region and the federal government in Baghdad should be addressed through dialogue between the two sides.

The President expressed his gratitude to the people and government of the United States for their support to the Kurdistan Region, especially against the terrorists of the Islamic State. On the issue of the postponement of the referendum, the President stated that the people of the Kurdistan Region would expect guarantees and alternatives for their future.

The two sides reiterated their positions of continued cooperation between the United States and the Kurdistan Region.