Former Kurdistan PM: Iraq opposes actions
against Iran's security
August 26, 2011
Iran, — The Iraqi Kurdistan region's vice president
said Thursday on Iraq opposed any action against
Iran's "security," as Tehran said it would continue
its operation against Iranian Kurdish rebels near
the border area.
"Considering the historic support and strategic
relations with the Islamic republic, Iraq will
oppose any action that is against Iran's security,"
Nechirvan Barzani said in a meeting with Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
"We believe that the security of Iran is as
important as that of Iraq and problems must be
solved through cooperation," Barzani, nephew of
president of the autonomous Kurdistan region Massoud
Barzani, was quoted as saying by the Iranian
Nechirvan Barzani (R) , former Kurdistan region PM and
deputy chairman of the co-ruling KDP party met
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Photo: KRG
In July, Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards launched
a major offensive against rebels from the Party of
Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK), targeting their bases
along the Iran-Iraq border.
The Guards said they destroyed PJAK compounds inside
Iraqi territory, while claiming to have killed more
than 50 rebels and losing eight men in the fighting.
PJAK rebels often clash with Iranian forces, and
their bases in the mountainous border regions of
Iraqi Kurdistan from which they launch their attacks
are bombed in retaliation.
Iran intends to continue the operation "to secure
our borders, for the terrorists not to infiltrate
and harm our people," an operations commander,
Colonel Hamid Ahmadi, told foreign media in Tehran
on August 17.
Before launching the attack, Iran had criticised
Massoud Barzani for what it called providing the
PJAK with a vast safe haven along the border.
On Thursday, Ahmadinejad said Tehran supported "a
secure and developed Iraq which would be in the
interest of Iran and the region."
"The common enemies of Iran and Iraq ... are
devising new plans to spread insecurity in the
region," Ahmadinejad said in an allusion to Kurdish
Tehran says are backed by arch-foes Israel and the
A delegation from Kurdistan region which was led by
vice president of Kurdistan Democratic Party
Nechirvan Barzani met on Thursday with Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran, the capital
city of Islamic republic of Iran.
A member of the Kurdistan delegation told PUKmedia
that the meeting was successful and the good news
will be announced soon about bringing back peace to
He also said that Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad shed light on the historical relations
between Iraq and Iran and expressed his country’s
support to help Iraq in all aspects.
Nechirvan Barzani said that the problems should be
addressed through dialogue and negotiation, saying
that Iraq is against any acts would endanger Iran
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