News ID: 321018
Published: 0154 GMT April 15, 2022

Iran urges Iraq against hosting 'disruptive security presence'

Iran urges Iraq against hosting 'disruptive security presence'

President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi urged neighboring Iraq on Thursday not to allow its soil to be used for activities that disrupt Iran's security.

Iran strongly expects neighboring countries, especially Iraq, not to allow any presence that is disruptive to the security of the Islamic Republic,” Raeisi told visiting Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein in Tehran.  

The Islamic Republic of Iran has proved its brotherhood toward its neighbors in practice.... Therefore, we expect the neighboring countries to remain vigilant against the conspiracies of the enemies,” he added.

His comments follow a missile strike by Iran last month on a "strategic center" run by Israel in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

The president said Iraq's Kurdistan region had "negligence", adding that Iran was closely monitoring the movements of Israel and would not allow it to endanger the security of the region through any country, including Iraq.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has always underlined the importance of [maintaining] solidarity, territorial integrity and unity among all ethnic groups and religious denominations in Iraq, which would lead to stability” in the country, he said, according to Press TV.

Raeisi noted that the security of Iraq must be established by Iraqis and presence of foreigners in Iraq will not lead to security in that country.

Iraq's top diplomat pledged that his country will not be a base for actions against Iran's security, the statement added.

"We are ready for extensive cooperation, including in the field of security, to prevent any threat to the interests of Iran," Fuad said.

"Iraq considers itself not only a neighbor, but also an ally and a friend of the Islamic Republic of Iran," he added.

Last month, Iran targeted the northern Iraqi city of Arbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region, with a dozen ballistic missiles.

Earlier on Thursday, the commander of the Quds Force of Irans Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) warned the Islamic Republic will harshly confront the Israeli regime wherever it deems necessary.

If an act of aggression is carried out against the interests of the Islamic establishment anywhere in the world, we will respond with seriousness,” Brigadier General Esmaeil Qaani said.

The senior commander reminded Israel of the IRGCs forceful missile attack on secret bases of the Mossad spy agency in Iraqs Kurdistan region.

In Arbil, many people who lived next to you did not know [the attacked site] was your base, but you had been under our surveillance,” he said, addressing Israel.



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