Q - Following the visit of two ministers to Iraq, do you think the Kurdish authorities remain determined to hold a referendum on independence?
A - France’s position is unwavering and well known: it is committed to Iraq’s unity and territorial integrity. Under the Iraqi constitution, Kurdistan has autonomous status. We want its autonomy to be respected and fully implemented.
Jean-Yves Le Drian reaffirmed our position on this point to his interlocutors in Baghdad and Erbil on August 26.