Saudi Arabia offers mediation between Kurds and Baghdad

Barzani emphasised the significance of the historical relations between Arbil and Riyadh

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. Helicopters fly over Kurds who celebrate to show their support for the upcoming September 25th independence referendum in Duhuk, Iraq September 16, 2017.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Helicopters fly over Kurds who celebrate to show their support for the upcoming September 25th independence referendum in Duhuk, Iraq September 16, 2017.

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Dubai: Saudi Arabia has offered to mediate between the Kurdish regional government and Baghdad amid rising tensions over a planned Kurdish referendum for independence from Iraq.

Riyadhs’s Arab Gulf Affairs minister, Thamer Al Sabhan, met with Kurdish President Masoud Barzani on Saturday urging dialogue between Arbil and Baghdad.

Al Sabhan, the former Saudi’s ambassador to Iraq, also conveyed greetings from Saudi’s King Salman to the role of the Kurdistan Peshmerga forces and Kurdish people, the KRP announcement added.

On his part, Barzani emphasised the significance of the historical relations between Arbil and Riyadh.

Kurds have been met with increasing global pressure to hold off on the referendum, widely rejected by Iraq, Turkey and Iran who have significant Kurdish populations.

The Kurdish people are considered as the largest ethnic group in the world without a state.

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