Iraqi Kurds have Created a Supreme Political Council to Negotiate with Baghdad

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Nasrallah said divisions would also reach other countries in the region including Saudi Arabia, a country he harshly criticised in his speech. Voter turnout was more than 72 percent.

Meanwhile, Pakistan on Monday expressed deep concern over the recently held referendum in Northern Iraq, calling it a controversial move that violates the Iraqi Constitution and lacks legitimacy.

Following a recent referendum on Kurdish independence in northern Iraq, for which Israeli officials voice support, leaders throughout the Middle East have launched accusations regarding the Jewish state's involvement in Kurdish affairs.

"Iraqi and Iranian units began exercises at 11:00 a.m. with tanks and infantry only 250 meters (820 feet) from the border", said Shwan Abu Bakr, the Kurdish customs chief at the Bashmakh border post.

"One of the first steps in implementing this plan was a referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan", Hossein Sheikholislam said.

Baghdad ordered the suspension of worldwide flights to and from Iraqi-Kurdistan on Friday in retaliation for an independence referendum in the territories last week, which was overwhelmingly backed by Iraqi-Kurds.

Nasrallah accused Israel of supporting Kurdish statehood, describing the independence referendum as "a U.S". Regional powers, including Iran, Iraq, and Turkey, were less measured, issuing economic, security, and diplomatic sanctions against the KRG-most of which have not yet materialized.

Mohammed added Bashmakh border-crossing was also closed due to the military drill. We opened our borders to hundreds of thousands of them so that they could save their lives.

A diplomatic drive to forestall the referendum failed to persuade Kurdish leaders, some of the United States' closest Middle Eastern allies, former U.S. officials and experts said.

Arriz Abdallah, head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan faction in the Iraqi Kurdish parliament, told AFP that "ordinary people will pay the price" of the "violent reactions" from Baghdad and neighbouring states.

Erdogan further asserted that the Israeli intelligence services could have "helped the organisers of the referendum".

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