The U.S. on Wednesday announced its support to the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) offers to immediately halt military operations and start open dialogue.
"We welcome Kurdistan Regional Government statement declaring immediate ceasefire & halt to military ops. Calm and dialogue are steps forward," the State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in her tweet.
In a statement earlier the same day, the KRG proposed an immediate ceasefire, halt of all military operations and freezing the results of the referendum conducted in Iraqi Kurdistan.
"As Iraq and Kurdistan are faced with grave and dangerous circumstances, we are all obliged to act responsibly in order to prevent further violence and clashes between Iraqi and Peshmerga forces," it said.
"Clashes have caused damage to both sides and could lead to a continuous bloodshed, inflicting pain and social unrest among different components of Iraqi society," highlighting clashes between Iraqi and Peshmerga forces that erupted on Oct. 16.
"Certainly, continued fighting does not lead any side to victory, but it will drive the country towards disarray and chaos, affecting all aspects of life," it continued.