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British Defence Secretary meets with Kurdistan President

British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon met again with the president of Iraqi Kurdistan in a final attempt to persuade him to call of the independence referendum.

In an unexpected second visit to Iraq, the Defence Secretary reiterated Britain’s rejection of the referendum, reports the Telegraph.

Arriving in the capital of Kurdistan, Erbil, he said,

“We are committed to the integrity of Iraq. We are working with the UN on alternatives to this referendum.”

Last week a delegation from the UK, US and UN presented president Masoud Barzani with an alternative to the independence referendum, offering to sponsored talks with Baghdad over territorial disputes.