Amir Abdollahian calls on Iraqi Kurdistan to fight terrorist groups
TEHRAN – The Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government must take full responsibility for the fight against terrorist and apartheid organizations operating in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, according to Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian.
During a meeting with Iraqi national security adviser Qasim al-Araji on Saturday in Tehran, Amir-Abdollahian said: “Given the good relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Iraq, we do not do not expect the territory of the Kurdistan region of Iraq to be a place of terrorist acts and threats against Iran.
Iran has always supported a prosperous Iraqi government and country, as well as a developed, free and independent Iraq, he said.
The senior diplomat went on to add that “Iran, however, will not tolerate the continued presence of armed terrorists in the Kurdistan region and their actions against Iran’s security.”
Amir Abdollahian underlined that Tehran and Baghdad have growing strategic ties in all fields and stressed the importance of strengthening bilateral security cooperation, especially the fight against armed terrorists operating in Iraqi Kurdistan.
The foreign minister added: “We regard Iraq’s security as Iran’s security.”
For his part, al-Araji said that the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government would undoubtedly respond to any attempt to undermine Iran’s security.
Al-Araji led a high-ranking security delegation to Iran.
According to the Iraqi constitution, no person or group is allowed to take any action that compromises the safety of neighbors.
Recent military operations by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) against anti-Iranian terror sites in the Kurdistan region of Iraq have been found to have contributed to violent riots across Iran.
In a phone conversation with his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein last week, the Iranian foreign minister also said that the Islamic Republic would not tolerate any further actions against itself by terrorist organizations based in the nation. Arab.
“We will not tolerate the continuation of aggressions and terrorist acts by groups which have taken refuge in the region of Iraqi Kurdistan and have targeted the national security of Iran”, underlined Amir Abdollahian.
“The foreign army in the Caucasus is a shared concern”
Moreover, in a telephone conversation with his Azeri counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov on Saturday evening, Amir Abdollahian discussed the most crucial bilateral, regional and global concerns.
“Amir Abdollahian says that the presence of foreign military in the Caucasus is a concern shared by regional governments,” he said.
Iran’s foreign minister also described the presence of foreign forces in the Caucasus as a source of concern for governments in the region, stressing Iran’s opposition to stationing any foreign armies there.
He hailed the recent summit between the Iranian and Azerbaijani presidents on the sidelines of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures at the 6th Asian Summit (CICA) in Astana, Kazakhstan on Thursday.
He stressed the need to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of other countries, namely those of Azerbaijan and Armenia, and defined this as Iran’s current policy with reference to recent events in the Caucasus.
For his part, Bayramov praised bilateral relations. He also supported Iran’s position on this issue and expressed his objection to the deployment of the Western army in the region.