Iraq's unity 'voluntary and not compulsory': Kurdish leader

May 6, 2015 4:47 PM

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Iraq's unity 'voluntary and not compulsory': Kurdish leader

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The unity of Iraq "is voluntary and not compulsory," the head of the country's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region said on Wednesday, while stressing the Kurds had no immediate plans to break away from the central government in Baghdad.

Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani was speaking in Washington after holding talks earlier with U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on issues that included the campaign to battle Islamic State.

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