Iran dismissed Iraqi Kurdistan Region Intelligence Chief Masrour Barzani's remarks on consultations with Tehran and Ankara on the Region's independence from Iraq, and urged all Iraqi groups to reinvigorate unity and their country's territorial integrity.
AhlulBayt News Agency - Iran dismissed Iraqi Kurdistan Region Intelligence Chief Masrour Barzani's remarks on consultations with Tehran and Ankara on the Region's independence from Iraq, and urged all Iraqi groups to reinvigorate unity and their country's territorial integrity.
"Iraq's independence, unity and territorial integrity guarantees interests of the country's people and all the regional and world states," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari told reporters in Tehran on Monday.
He expressed the hope that Iraq's elites and political streams would understand the real dangers threatening their country and help and facilitate national talks for the sake of continued national sovereignty, territorial integrity and efficient campaign against the terrorist groups.
"Given the special conditions in Iraq, Iran persuades all Iraqi sides to respect the legal criteria and approaches and hold national talks to resolve their internal differences," Jaberi Ansari said.
He underlined that the approaches which only meet the interests of some groups, tribes and religions cannot resolve the problems in Iraq and establish stability and security in the country.
The Iranian officials have always warned the regional nations of enemies' plots to disintegrate them and destroy their unity.
Late in January, Iranian Supreme Leader's top adviser for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati warned of the plots hatched by Tel Aviv to disintegrate Islamic states, including Iraq and Syria.
"The Zionist regime seeks to sow discord and disintegrate the Muslim countries,” Velayati said in Tehran.
He pointed to the important role the Kurds play in the fight against Takfiri terrorism, adding, "We supported the Kurdish fighters in the battle against Saddam. We backed both Mr. Barzani and Talabani, and we are against what happened in Kobani."
"We now support the Syrian Kurds in the battle against ISIL. As the history of our Kurdish brothers in Iraq and Syria shows, they always fight back against foreign invaders,” Velayati noted.
His remarks came after Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked spoke out in favor of an independent Kurdish state. She also urged increased cooperation between Israel and the Kurdish people.
Shaked saw this as an opportunity to weaken Israel’s rivals in the region.
“We must openly call for the establishment of a Kurdish state that separates Iran from Turkey, one which will be friendly towards Israel,” Shaked told the annual INSS security conference in Tel Aviv mid January, as cited by the Times of Israel.
More precisely, Shaked proposed the new state be founded between Turkey, Israel and Iraq.