ERBIL — The Kurdistan Region of Iraq has no intentions to contribute to the creation of a Kurdish state in neighboring Iran or Turkey, but expects both countries to respect the rights of the local Kurds, a spokesperson of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said on Tuesday.
According to Safin Dizayi, spokesperson for the KRG who spoke to Sputnik, the region has good relations with both Tehran and Ankara and has no plans to take part in any creation of a Kurdish state in the two countries.
Dizayi also confirmed the presence of representatives from both Iran and Turkey in Kurdistan Region, saying that they act without the consent of local authorities.
The official noted that the decision to hold an independence referendum in the region would not be a threat to the stabilization process in Iraq, but would rather contribute to it.
President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani held a meeting with the political parties in Kurdistan earlier in June where they together scheduled an independence referendum for the 25th of September, when all local Kurds will exercise their right to decide whether they want to remain part of Iraq or become an independent state.