Security, Iran’s red line: Shamkhani

دیدار نیچروان بارزانی نخست وزیر اقلیم کردستان عراق با علی شمخانی دبیر شورای عالی امنیت ملی

Tehran (ISNA) - Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani met with the Prime Minister of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani on Sunday, discussing latest development in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the region.

During the meeting, Shamkhani stressed that the victory over the ISIS terrorist group, the full liberation of Iraq and ridding Iraqi people of the biggest regional terror threat are a harbinger of a better future for an integrated Iraq and show foreign conspiracies to sow discord in the country have been foiled.

Referring to the both nations’ interest to have closer bonds and the historical exchanges between Iranian and Iraqi people, especially in Kurdish-majority areas, Shamkhani noted, “Despite plots hatched by the enemies of both nations, grounds for all-out cooperation and strategic relations between Iran and Iraq are growing”.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s close cooperation with the Iraqi government and sustaining considerable material and human costs in order to establish stability, security and progress in the country (Iraq) was a historical and unforgettable test to prove [Iran’s] honesty, brotherhood and belief in good neighborliness with Iraq,” he added.

“Security is the Islamic Republic’s red line. It would be totally intolerable to see that some anti-revolutionary groups use Kurdish territories to kill our soldiers and citizens and then return to the areas controlled by the Kurdistan region to brazenly claim responsibility for those actions in interviews with official Kurdish media,” Shamkhani continued.

“Some believed that the security of Kurdish people was separate from that of other Iraqi citizens, and that it would be possible to manage terrorism and the threat posed by ISIS through negotiations and interaction,” the Iranian official said.

He added some regional and trans-regional countries seek to undermine Iraq and major countries in West Asia, noting regional countries should remain vigilant and take into account their national interests as well as the interests of the Muslim world to thwart colonialist schemes such as the so-called Greater Middle East Plan.

For his turn, Barzani who is in Tehran at the head of a high-ranking delegation, briefed Shamkhani on the latest developments in Iraq’s Kurdistan and in the Middle East region, IFP reported.

He said Iran has always stood by the Iraqi Kurdish people, adding, “Iran and Iraq’s Kurdistan have civilizational and historical ties, and the Kurdistan region takes pride in its friendship with the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

“The enhancement of relations and cooperation between Iran and the Kurdistan region will not be affected by ill-wishers, and we will use all our power to stop security threats against Iran,” Barzani highlighted.

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