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U.S. does not recognise Kurdish independence vote in Iraq - Tillerson
September 29, 2017 / 7:27 PM / 2 months ago

U.S. does not recognise Kurdish independence vote in Iraq - Tillerson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States does not recognise the independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan and urges an end to “threats of reciprocal actions,” U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement on Friday.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivers remarks at a Security Council meeting on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith/File Photo

“The United States does not recognise the Kurdistan Regional Government’s unilateral referendum held on Monday. The vote and the results lack legitimacy and we continue to support a united, federal, democratic and prosperous Iraq,” Tillerson said.

“We urge calm and an end to vocal recriminations and threats of reciprocal actions,” he added.

Reporting by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by James Dalgleish

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