News ID: 271770
Published: 1256 GMT July 20, 2020

Iraqi Kurdistan no staging ground for anti-Iran attacks: Barzani

Iraqi Kurdistan no staging ground for anti-Iran attacks: Barzani

Kurdish political leader MasoudBarzani gave Iran assurance that the Iraqi semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region will never be used to threaten the Islamic Republic’s interests.

Barzani, the former president of the Kurdistan Region, from 2005 to 2017, and the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), made the remarks in a Sunday meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad JavadZarif in Erbil.

“The Kurdistan Region will never turn into a place to threaten the interests and security of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Barzani said in the meeting, Press TV reported.

He also pointed to strong bonds between the Iranian and Iraqi nations, and highlighted the unforgettable role played by Lt. Gen.QassemSoleimani in the defeat of Daesh terrorists.

In an interview with Sky News Arabic in 2014, when Daesh overran the Kurdish-populated northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, Barzani had said Iran was the first country to provide Iraq’s embattled Kurdish region with weapons to fight off the terrorist group.

“We have to tell the truth. On our first night, when we were attacked by ISIL (Daesh), Iran sent us two airplanes full of weapons. This was a great help for that moment,” Barzani said at that time.

At a joint press conference with Zarif in Erbil back then, Barzani said, “We asked for weapons and Iran was the first country to provide us with weapons and ammunition.”

In the Sunday meeting held in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, Zarif said Tehran has always sought friendly relations between Baghdad and Erbil.

The two sides also stressed the need for expansion of business relations while observing health protocols in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Zarif arrived in Erbil on Sunday evening, after a trip to Baghdad where he held meetings with high-ranking Iraqi officials including Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and President BarhamSalih.




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