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Iraqi top cleric urges defending country territorial integrity

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Sep 29, IRNA -- Iraqi religious leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani emphasized on Friday the urgent need for protecting the country's territorial integrity.

According to Ahmed al-Safi, Ayatollah Sistani's senior representative, the Iraqi Shia top cleric in today's Friday Prayer sermon reacted to the referendum held in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq on September 25 despite the Iraqi government and regional and international opposition.

The cleric warned against the consequences of such a referendum, adding that 'Even, it can prepare the ground for foreign and international interference.'

'I advise my Kurdish brothers to return to the constitution for resolution of disputes,' he said.

This is the first time, since Monday's referendum, the top Shia cleric, comments on the disputed event.

Despite Iraqi federal government opposition and amid the regional and international disagreement, Iraqi Kurdistan region's ruling party led by Masoud Barzani held a referendum on Monday.

Translator: Hamdollah Emadi Heydari


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