Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

'Black day for democracy': Malta in mourning after top journalist is murdered

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Has the Weinstein scandal 'freed' women from their silence?

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

#MeToo and #BalanceTonPorc exposes extent of sexual harassment

Read more

THE DEBATE

Europe’s newest face: Kurz’s election win indicates rightward shift for Austria

Read more

FOCUS

Turkey's brain drain: Turning their backs on limited freedom, declining economy

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Internet giants: Too big to be taxed?

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

EU’s Karl-Heinz Lambertz: ‘Empowering regions and cities very important for Europe’s future’

Read more

ENCORE!

Music show: Client Liaison, Boyz II Men & Jessie Ware

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Iran deal decertified: Trump disavows nuclear agreement without walking away from it

Read more

France

Macron and Iraqi PM Abadi disagree on purpose of Paris visit

© AFP | French President Emmanuel Macron at Paris' Elysee Palace.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2017-09-30

French President Emmanuel Macron and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi appear to disagree on the purpose of the Iraqi prime minister’s visit to Paris.

In a statement, the presidency underlines its wish to discuss the Kurdish independence referendum whilst Abadi’s office denies the visit is related to the vote.

On Friday, Macron invited Abadi to visit Paris on October 5, offering France’s help in calming tensions over the Kurdish vote.

In a statement, the presidency said France wanted to "help Iraq to stop tensions from setting in" after the deeply divisive vote on September 25 saw Iraqi Kurdistan overwhelmingly support secession.

“Emmanuel Macron stressed the importance of preserving the unity and integrity of Iraq while recognising the rights of the Kurdish people. Any escalation must be avoided,” the presidency said.

“Faced with the priority of fighting Daesh and the stabilisation of Iraq, Iraqis must remain united,” it added, referring to the Islamic State group.

However, Abadi said on Saturday that Macron’s invitation was not related to the Kurdish independence referendum.

The invitation was delivered to Abadi on August 26 by the French foreign and defence ministers during a visit to Baghdad, Abadi's office said adding its purpose was “to strengthen bilateral relations and concentrate efforts on fighting terrorism.”

While Monday’s independence vote was non-binding, it has nonetheless sent tensions in the country and the region soaring.

In response to the poll, the Iraqi government has cut Kurdistan's direct air links with the outside world, partially isolating the northern region.

Turkey and Iran, which both have their own Kurdish minorities, have denounced the referendum, while the United States described it as “unilateral” and lacking legitimacy.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)

Date created : 2017-09-30

  • IRAQ

    Iraqi govt enforces international flight ban in Kurdistan region

    Read more

  • IRAQ - KURDISTAN

    92% of Iraqi Kurds back independence from Baghdad, election commission says

    Read more

  • IRAQ

    High-turnout Kurdish independence vote raises regional fears

    Read more

COMMENT(S)