TEHRAN(defapress)– Pakistan Foreign ministry spokesperson expresses deep concern over the referendum held in the Iraqi Kurdistan region on 25 September 2017 saying it 'lacks any legitimacy.'
News ID: 66101
Publish Date: 02October 2017 - 13:06
Nafees Zakaria in a statement issued on Monday, said
Pakistan fully supports Iraq’s unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity.
"The referendum violates the Iraqi constitution and
therefore lacks any legitimacy. It also presents a challenge to peace and
security of Iraq and the entire region. Pakistan joins Iraq and its neighbors,
along with the international community, in its opposition to this referendum,”
"We reaffirm our full support for the Government and people
of Iraq. We are deeply concerned at attempts aimed at threatening the territorial
integrity of Iraq or any other country in the region,” said the spokesperson.
The Kurds, who have ruled over an autonomous region within
Iraq since the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, held a
referendum on September 25 despite strong opposition of Baghdad.
Iran and major European countries strongly opposed the
decision to hold the referendum, which they described as destabilizing at a
time when all sides are still fighting against Daesh terrorists.