Iraqi president Fuad Masum launches initiative to resolve Kurdish referendum crisis

Iraqi President Fuad Masum on Saturday launched an initiative between the political leaders in Baghdad and Erbil to resolve the crisis of holding referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan region and disputed areas slated for Sept. 25.

“We decided to launch an initiative for dialogue and start by inviting leaders of political parties to hold intensive meetings to reach concrete and urgent solutions to overcome this crisis,” Masum said in a statement issued by his office.