September 12, 2017 / 5:19 PM / 6 months ago

Iraqi PM Abadi says Kurdish independence referendum "unconstitutional"

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi described the Kurdistan region’s planned referendum on independence as “unconstitutional” on Tuesday, hours after parliament voted against the regional plebiscite.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi delivers remarks at the morning ministerial plenary for the Global Coalition working to Defeat ISIS at the State Department in Washington, U.S., March 22, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/Files

“I call upon the Kurdish leadership to come to Baghdad and conclude a dialogue,” Abadi said at a news conference.

Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; Writing by Raya Jalabi; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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