Terrorist groups must be expelled from Iraq as soon as possible: Shamkhani
The Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said destabilizing moves taken by certain terrorist groups based in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region are a source of concern for Iran and undermine security along the two countries’ common border.
According to Press TV, during a meeting with the visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in Tehran on Sunday, he said the increasing moves by terrorist groups based in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region are detrimental to security in regions along the two countries common border, emphasizing that such groups must be rapidly disarmed and expelled from Iraq.
Last Monday, the Commander of the Ground Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour, reacted to recent moves by anti-Iran armed terrorists in the northwestern border areas of the country and warned Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government against allowing terrorist groups to use its territory to pose threats against security of the Islamic Republic.
On Thursday morning, Iran’s IRGC pounded the positions of terrorists in northern Iraq using suicide and combat drones as well as smart and precision-guided artillery to target the terrorists in the semi-autonomous region's rugged mountains.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Shamkhani pointed to the cooperation of some compromising regional countries with the Israeli regime, saying, "Such measures, which are taken within the framework of the new US national security doctrine, will not only fail to help establish security and stability, but will escalate the crisis and intensify insecurity in the region."
He added that 20 years of the catastrophic occupation of Afghanistan by the United States proved that the US presence and intervention in the region has no result but increased instability and insecurity as well as greater material and spiritual damage to regional people.
Iran plays leading, strategic role in anti-terror fight: Iraq PM
The Iraqi prime minister, for his part, said Iran plays a leading and strategic role in the fight against terrorism, particularly Daesh terrorist group, adding that his country would never forget the all-out support and sacrifices of the Iranian government, people and the Armed Forces when Iraq was in dire straits.
Kadhimi added that the Iraqi people and government will always stand by Iran in dealing with problems and difficulties.
Heading a high-ranking political and economic delegation, the Iraqi prime minister arrived in Tehran on Sunday to hold talks about bilateral relations, issues of mutual interest as well as regional and international developments in meetings with Iranian officials.
Addressing a joint press conference with the visiting Iraqi premier earlier in the day, Iran’s President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said despite what enemies of the two nations intend, Iran and Iraq will expand their relations at all levels with every passing day.
“Despite what enemies want, relations between Iran and Iraq will expand every day... [because] development of bilateral relations can boost the role that Tehran and Baghdad play in regional and global relations, and will strengthen international relations as well,” Iran’s chief executive said.