Saudi Arabia counting on the wisdom of President Barzani not to hold a referendum
An official source in Saudi Arabia commented on the referendum to be held in the Kurdistan region of Iraq on 25 September 2017, saying that with current conditions experienced by the region and the risks it faces it would be best to avoid new crises that may result in negative repercussions, political and security, as well as the dispersal of efforts to achieve stability and security in the region, including the fight against terrorist organizations and related activities.
In line with regional and international positions on this issue, Saudi Arabia looks forward to the wisdom of President Massoud Barzani in not holding a referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, in order to spare Iraq and the region more risks that may ensue.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia calls upon the parties concerned to engage in dialogue in order to achieve the interests of the Iraqi people in all its components and to ensure security and peace in Iraq and preserve its unity and sovereignty.
The Kingdom expresses its appreciation to the President of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Iraq, Haider Al-Abadi, for the efforts in serving Iraq and the Iraqi people in all its components. It also expresses its appreciation to the leaders and components of the people in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and their achievements in all fields.
The rush to take any unilateral positions that would further complicate the regional situation, and work according to the interests of both parties and achieve the aspirations of the Iraqi people to return to the agreements signed between the parties and the provisions of the Iraqi constitution.