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Monday 20 November 2017

France's Emmanuel Macron urges dialogue between Kurds and Iraq government

Iraqi Kurdish men celebrate after the polls closed in the controversial Kurdish referendum (AP)
Iraqi Kurdish men celebrate after the polls closed in the controversial Kurdish referendum (AP)

France's President Emmanuel Macron has offered to mediate between the Iraqi government and Kurds seeking independence after a controversial referendum.

Mr Macron made the offer after meeting Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi in Paris on Thursday in wide-ranging talks about French support for the fight against the Islamic State group and rebuilding Iraq's economy.

Mr Macron said France and others are worried about the situation of the Kurds after last month's referendum, and said France supports the stability and territorial integrity of Iraq.

He insisted on the importance of "national reconciliation and inclusive governance" that includes Kurds, "with whom France maintains close ties".

Mr Macron said dialogue "is the only path" and "France is ready . to contribute actively to mediation".

AP

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