ERBIL— The plan for running the independence referendum of Kurdistan will not be reverted and the appeal to hold the vote is substantiated by the Iraqi constitution, stated Kurdistan Region President on Tuesday.
Nearly one month prior to run the vote (on September 25), Masoud Barzani is convening figures and personalities from different vocational, ethnic, religious, political orientations.
Today addressing the veteran Peshmerga troops in Erbil's major conventions hall, Barzani stated Kurdistan Region experienced different methods of ruling by Baghdad, including decentralism, autonomy and federalism but in all the cases Kurds were sidelined.
"Our future is blurred as long as we do not become an independent state, because our fate is always at their [Baghdad's] hands," Barzani remarked, adding but with independence the economic, military and every other aspect of Kurdistan will get reinforced.
In Tuesday's meeting once again Barzani disapproved of the claims that the referendum will affect the war against the Islamic State (IS), a comment which some foreign countries have raised.
He reiterated the referendum will not be postponed by the visits of foreign diplomats or ministers from the foreign countries.
Tuesday afternoon, the US Defense Secretary James Mattis arrived in Erbil to meet with Kurdistan Region's senior officials. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is also set to land in Erbil International Airport on Wednesday. One of the topics expected to be discussed in the meetings is referendum.