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Egypt rejects Kurdish independence vote, says any move should involve Baghdad government

Ahram Online , Thursday 10 Aug 2017
Alaa Moussa
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The Egyptian ambassador in Iraq has said that Egypt rejects a referendum on independence set to be held by Iraq's Kurdistan region next month, stressing that any decision about the future of the country should involve the Baghdad government.

"Iraq's strength lies in its… unity; we reject any unilateral moves without coordination with the central government," ambassador Alaa Moussa was quoted as saying in a statement reported in local media.

Moussa stressed that "differences" between the Baghdad government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) should "not affect counterterrorism efforts."

The KRG has said that the referendum would go forward despite international warnings that a vote in favour of secession could trigger a conflict with Baghdad, whereas the fight against the militant group Daesh is still ongoing.

Baghdad has rejected any move by the Kurds to unilaterally push for independence, insisting that any decision about the future of the country should involve all concerned parties.

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