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Iraq's Kurds maintain Sept. 25 as date for independence referendum
Iraq's Kurds will maintain their plan to hold a referendum on independence on September 25, despite a US request to postpone it, a high-ranking Kurdish official told Reuters on Saturday.

 

"The date is standing, Sept. 25, no change," said Hoshyar Zebari, a close adviser to Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani, commenting on the request communicated by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

 

The US State Department said in June it was concerned that the referendum will distract from "more urgent priorities" such as the defeat of Islamic State militants.