Turkey's Erdogan says Iraqi Kurdish authorities 'will pay price' for vote

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Turkey's Erdogan says Iraqi Kurdish authorities 'will pay price' for vote

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi accepted an invitation from French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday to come to Paris on October 5 for talks on the Kurdish independence referendum, a source in Macron's office said.

An Abadi adviser, who asked to remain anonymous, told AFP that the premier was referring to either an internal or external attack.

An Iraqi force is also deployed on the Turkish side of the border as part of joint drills with the Turkish army.

"The United States does not recognize the Kurdistan Regional Government's unilateral referendum held on Monday".

Most global carriers who fly to and from airports in the Kurdish region announced they would halt flights beginning Friday night in line with the ban.

Wages, including those of Kurdish peshmerga fighters, were slashed after the end of those transfers, which were worth around United States dollars 12 billion annually and made up 80 per cent of the region's budget revenues.

Monday's vote took place across the three northern provinces of autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan - Erbil, Sulaimaniyah and Dohuk - and in disputed border zones such as the oil-rich province of Kirkuk.

Iraq's Transport Ministry ordered global airlines to halt service to Irbil, the Kurdish regional capital, and Sulaimaniyah, its second city, beginning Friday evening.

He said the ban would exclude humanitarian and other "urgent" flights."The vote was a historic and strategic mistake by the Kurdish leadership", Al-Abadi said during a press conference in Baghdad.

Two days later, Iraq's parliament called the referendum vote 'unconstitutional'.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said, "From now on, our relationships with the region will be conducted with the central government, Baghdad".

Iraqi Kurds announced an overwhelming "yes" for independence on Wednesday following a referendum that has incensed Baghdad.

Jordan's national airline Royal Jordanian and Qatar Airways also said that they will halt flights to Iraq's Kurdish region as of 6:00 pm Friday until further notice.

"We will impose Iraqi law in the entire region of Kurdistan under the constitution", he said.

Erdogan has built strong commercial ties with Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq, which pump hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil daily through Turkey for export to world markets.

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