Iran warned Iraqi Kurdistan over unprincipled Pope's stamps

Tehran (IP) - The spokesman for Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in reaction to controversial Pope's stamps in the Iraqi Kurdistan region, stressed that It is clear that what has been published in the media is against international principles and rules.

Iran Press/Iran News: Saeed Khatibzadeh stated: “The Islamic Republic of Iran while voicing its protest to the Iraqi government on this issue, has called for clearing the stamps and immediate correction of this unfriendly act."

The Iraqi Turkmen Front strongly condemned the printing of a commemorative stamp by the local administrations of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region on the occasion of Pope Francis' visit to the region and called on the region's officials to abandon this practice aimed at undermining Iraqi unity.

The Ministry of Transportation of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region issued several commemorative stamps on Pope Francis's visit to the country's northern provinces.

In addition to not including Arabic as the first official language of Iraq on the stamps, it also has a fake map.

In response, the Iraqi Turkmen Front issued a statement condemning the move as undermining Iraqi unity and a direct threat to the region, noting that the interests of Iraqi ethnic groups could only be achieved through the country's unity.

The statement warned the Kurdistan region's local government against this action and called for the correction of past mistakes and abandonment of the failed policy of the past.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi movement in northern Iraq says the move has been done by the PKK terrorist group.

Turkey also has slammed Iraqi Kurdistan authorities over the stamp they printed to mark Pope Francis' visit. The stamp features a map that includes several Turkish provinces and the Pope's face.


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