ERBIL— Kurdistan Region will not interfere in the internal issues of the Kurds in the neighboring countries as they will determine their future themselves, stated Kurdistan Region president.
In an exclusive interview broadcasted on al-Arabiya news channel on Thursday, Turki al-Dakhil, the general director of the Saudi Arabian channel asked Masoud Barzani if the future "State of Kurdistan" will be like Israel for uniting all Kurds from around the world in a single state.
Barzani responded "We will not interfere in the internal affairs of the Kurds in the other parts [of the Great Kurdistan] at all. We encourage them to reach a peaceful agreement with the countries [in which they live]."
"Kurds in other parts of Kurdistan have their own land and live on their own soil. They decide for their destiny themselves."
With regards to Erbil-Tehran relations, Kurdistan president stated they hope for good neighborly relations with Iran which could be of mutual interest for both parties.
At the same time, he underlined "We reject any interference by Iran in our internal issues," revealing that due to its geographic location, Iran's interference in Sulaimaniyah is more than Erbil.
Dakhil also asked Barzani about the independence referendum of Kurdistan, scheduled for September 25.
Barzani restated Iraq's failure in working by partnership principle led Kurdistan plan the independence vote.
"We agreed on a democratic, federal and plural Iraq but now Iraq is a religious sectarian state," he remarked.
He pointed out if the Iraqi constitution, despite all its shortcomings, had been enforced as it was, "We would not have reached this state."
"There have been impeachments against 55 [conditional] articles and we have evidence [for this]."
Barzani referred to the suspension of Kurdistan Region budget by former Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki as one of the major impeachments, wondering "by which right he cut the sustenance of the people? Who authorized him and how did he allow himself make such a decision."
Dakhil also asked Barzani about the parties who have voiced support for holding the independence vote.
"All those whom we have talked with have not said they are against the referendum," Barzani replied, "Rather they say its timing is not appropriate now."
As for his political career after the referendum, Barzani stated he will not nominate himself for the elections following the vote.
"In 1962 when I was young I took up arms," he said "My aim was that my nation obtains independence. When we reach this aim, I will step away from politics."