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Iraq PM says will take ‘necessary measures’ to protect unity


Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.PHOTO: AFP

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.PHOTO: AFP

BAGHDAD: Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi mentioned on Sunday Baghdad would take the “needed measures” to guard Iraqi unity, talking on the eve of an independence referendum within the Kurdish autonomous area.

“To take a unilateral determination affecting the unity of Iraq and its safety, and the safety of the area, with a referendum on separation is unconstitutional and towards civil peace,” Abadi mentioned in a televised handle.

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“We are going to take the required measures to protect the unity of the nation,” he mentioned with out elaborating.

“We won’t abandon the Kurdish residents. We’ve got rejected the sectarian state and we reject a racial state,” Abadi added, referring to each the Islamic State group and Kurdistan.

“Iraq will stay for all Iraqis. We won’t enable it to turn out to be a possession of 1 or the opposite, and we won’t allow anybody to play with Iraq and never pay the results.”

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