News ID: 325545
Published: 0431 GMT November 22, 2022

Ample evidence given to Iraq about terror activities in Kurdistan: Envoy

Ample evidence given to Iraq about terror activities in Kurdistan: Envoy

Iran’s Ambassador to Baghdad Mohammad Kazem Al-e Sadeq said Tehran had provided Iraqi officials with dozens of evidence about terrorist activities in Iraqi Kurdistan and attacks on Iranian military sites from the semi-autonomous region.

“Some of our vital military centers have been attacked from the Iraqi Kurdistan region’s soil and we have informed the Iraqi side, both the authorities of the Iraqi Kurdistan region and the central government in Iraq, of this issue. We [provided them] with maps and documents, and they understood this reality,” Al-e Sadeq told Iran’s Arabic-language television news network Al-Alam TV.

He said Iran had presented more than 70 documents about the bases, training camps and meetings of the armed terrorists and separatist groups in the Kurdistan region to the Iraqi officials who pledged to investigate them.

The envoy added that officials in the Kurdistan region are capable of countering terrorist groups “and we will achieve this goal through negotiations.”

Al-e Sadeq denied reports about Iran’s land advance into the Iraqi Kurdistan region, saying, “Iran respects Iraq’s sovereignty and has carried out several measures to [improve] stability, unity and prosperity in that country.

“It is not possible that Iran conducts land operations against Iraq.”

He pointed to recent talks between Commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Esmaeil Qa’ani and senior Iraqi officials, including new Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, in Baghdad, where he reiterated the Islamic Republic’s support for Baghdad to settle the existing crises and provide better services to the people of the Arab country.

Al-e Sadeq noted that Iran has always made efforts to settle problems with Iraq through dialogue, and close and strong relations between Tehran and the Kurdistan region should not allow separatist elements to infiltrate into Iran to kill Iranian security forces and blow up the country’s security centers.

The Iranian envoy pointed to several rounds of fruitless talks with Iraq's Kurdistan region and said sometimes the ethnocentrism view affects political and diplomatic issues, “Therefore, we had to ask the central Iraqi government to intervene in this regard.”

Since September 24, the IRGC has frequently launched attacks on the positions of the terrorists, who are holed up in Iraqi Kurdistan.

 

Securing borders

Al-e Sadeq said officials of the Kurdistan region have insisted that the central government is responsible for securing borders.

He added that Iran has called on the Iraqi officials to disarm terrorist groups in the Kurdistan region and transfer them from border areas to refugee camps because they are “considered as refugees and this is while a refugee does not carry weapons, does not conduct military exercises and does not destroy.”

The central government in Iraq is determined to find a solution in this regard because the country’s Constitution allows no attack on neighbors from the Iraqi soil, which is a positive issue, he explained.

The Iranian ambassador expressed hope that the Baghdad government would take control of borders and disarm terrorist groups and that criminals would be expatriated between the two countries.

 

 

 

 

   
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