Foreign Minister of Syria Walid Muallem condemned the Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum, in an exclusive interview for RT in New York City, Monday. «We strongly reject this, we strive for the unity of Iraq,» said Muallem, before adding, «in Syria, they want some form of self-government within the borders of the Syrian Arab Republic. We can negotiate and lead dialogue on this topic... Еще.» «When we finish the destruction of ISIS, we will be able to sit down with our Kurdish sons and agree on a relationship for the future,» he added. The independence referendum took place on 25 September. It drew strong criticism and opposition by Baghdad, Iran and Turkey, who threatened to impose sanctions on Kurds in northern Iraq.