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They discussed the situation following reports of clashes south west of Kirkuk and in the aftermath of the referendum held in the Iraq Kurdistan Region.
Federica Mogherini expressed concern about the reports of military operations by federal forces and the reported clashes. She stressed the importance to avoid the use of force and to seek dialogue in order to preserve Iraq's unity and long-term stability while upholding the provisions of the Iraqi Constitution. She expects all sides to sit down together and to engage in dialogue.
She also informed Prime Minister Abadi that the Foreign Affairs Council today launched a new civilian Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) mission in Iraq. The mission will focus on assisting the Iraqi authorities in the implementation of the civilian aspects of the Iraqi national security strategy.