The picture of Iraqi Kurdish President Masoud Barzani is seen at the car window in the old city of Erbil, Iraq September 20, 2017. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
CAIRO - 21 September 2017: Arab Parliament Speaker Mishaal Al Salami called Thursday on President of the Iraqi Kurdistan region Masoud Barzani for deferring the Kurdish independence referendum in view of the current regional and international conditions.
In a cable to Barzani, Al Salami said the plebiscite should be replaced by dialogue to reach a compromise guaranteeing the rights of all parties and maintaining the unity and stability of Iraq, read a statement by the Arab Parliament.
The Arab Parliament is keen on protecting the rights of the Kurdish people, he said
Al Salami expressed his appreciation for Barzani's strenuous efforts which largely contributed to defeating the terrorist Daesh group.
He also commended Barzani's efforts to help displaced Iraqis who went to the Kurdistan region as Daesh occupied their cities.