Sign In / Up

Add contribution as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Comment as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Login

Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using
 

Email

 

Rudaw

Kurdistan

KRG delegation visits Tehran to discuss border security

By Rudaw 13/8/2016
Iran shelled Kurdistan Region territory on Thursday, forcing villagers to flee and starting fires. Photo: Rudaw screengrab
Iran shelled Kurdistan Region territory on Thursday, forcing villagers to flee and starting fires. Photo: Rudaw screengrab

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—A Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) senior security delegation headed by Karim Sinjari, Minister of the Interior, is visiting Tehran to discuss security of the borders between the two and recent Iranian shelling on Kurdistan Region territory.


“We did not expect that Iran would shell our borders. I do not know what the reason is for that. It’s possible that wrong information had been passed to the Iranians. Our delegation will visit Iran and we condemn shelling of the borders and we will discuss this issue with them, because Iran was not supposed to do so,” Abdullah Akrayee, head of KRG-Iran relations at the Department of Foreign Relations (DFR), told Rudaw.

On Thursday, Iranian artillery heavily shelled Kurdistan Region border areas, forcing many villagers to evacuate and starting fires in large swathes of territory.

The KRG security delegation is visiting Tehran on the official invitation of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Members of the KRG delegation include Khasraw Gul Muhammed, deputy chancellor of the KRG national security council, Esmat Argushi, head of KRG’s general security, Wasta Hasan, head of Sulaimani Security, Nazim Dabbagh, KRG envoy to Tehran, and Abdullah Akrayee, head of KRG-Iran relations at the DFR.

Last week, a Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) senior delegation, headed by Barham Salih, former Kurdistan Region prime minister and second deputy Secretary General of the PUK, visited Tehran. During the visit, Iranian officials said they expect Iraqi Kurds to be committed to securing the borders, and described the friendship between Iran and the Kurdistan Region as “unbreakable.”

In the meeting with Salih, Eshaq Jahangiri, first vice-Iranian president, said “The Islamic Republic of Iran is committed to protecting Iraqi and KRG security. We consider Iraqi security as the security of Iran. And in return, we have the same expectations from our Iraqi and Kurdish brothers, that they be committed to the stability and security of both countries.”

Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, who was also present in the meeting with Salih, said "The Islamic Republic of Iran has long had warm relations with Kurdish groups in Iraq." 

“The deep friendship between Iranian and Iraqi Kurdish brothers is the result of cooperation and joint struggles throughout the past years in hard and tense battlefields," he said. He described the friendship as "unbreakable," according to the Iran Herald.

Iranian forces have shelled the Kurdistan Region border areas in recent months, allegedly targeting bases belonging to the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI).

The Kurdistan Region and Iran share 600 kilometres of borders. Border issues are one of the main and ongoing issues between Erbil and Tehran. Iran often blames the KRG for not securing its own borders and allowing Kurdish opposition parties to infiltrate Iran from Kurdistan Region territory. Erbil has repeatedly asked Tehran to stop shelling villages on the border.

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

Share your stories, photos and videos with Rudaw, and quite possibly the world.

What You Say

Ashour Malek. Lebanon | 3/22/2017 3:20:30 AM
The entire north Iraq belongs to the Assyrian people, yet they live in their own ancestral land as a second class citizens, and deprived from any...
Mesopotamia | 3/22/2017 5:22:17 AM
Statement made in 2:03 has no historical basis and it's a total nonsense. Hopefully the person is not a historian. Medes entered Iran ~ 1200 BC and...
3,000 year old tombs unearthed at Erbil construction site
| 20/3/2017 | (3)
JPL | 3/22/2017 1:19:54 AM
Those are not tourists you dumb ass. Those are Kurds from Rojhilat. The only non Kurdish tourists that venture into Kurdistan are Arab IDP and ISIS...
abc | 3/22/2017 3:47:14 AM
Kurdistan could get 1 million tourists with the right planning.
Kurdish tourist industry slowly recovering after two years of decline
| yesterday at 10:50 | (3)
Terence Mc Mahon | 3/21/2017 11:16:44 PM
Wow, that's sounds fantastic. I love the idea that the fires would be lit up with no regard to borders. Stay strong Kurdish brothers and unite. From...
Newroz | 3/22/2017 3:37:11 AM
Newroz piroz be
VIDEO: Centuries of Newroz fire fueling Kurdish spirit of resistance, survival
| 20/3/2017 | (2)
Kajik | 3/21/2017 10:23:15 PM
UN is an corrupt organization that only benefits the best paying country's. Why aren't UN concerned about the non implementation of article 140?...
Rebwar | 3/22/2017 1:44:16 AM
The UN is concerned about raising Kurdish flag in a Kurdish city? Why isn't the UN concerned about Turkey committing war crimes in Kurdish cities and...
UN cautions against flying Kurdish flag in Kirkuk
| yesterday at 06:54 | (7)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

Kurdish vocalist Aynur Dogan receives prestigious award for excellence 15/3/2017 | (1)

Kurdish vocalist Aynur Dogan receives prestigious award for excellence

Her music focuses on the life and suffering of more
UPDATED: Iraqi forces control New Mosul, struggle to enter Old City 14/3/2017 | (2)

UPDATED: Iraqi forces control New Mosul, struggle to enter Old City

They are facing a scaled-up, aggressive use of more
PUK and Iraqi PM Abadi agree to keep Kirkuk’s oil flow to Turkey 8/3/2017 | (8)

PUK and Iraqi PM Abadi agree to keep Kirkuk’s oil flow to Turkey

Oil ministry has added a processing unit with 10k more
0.438 seconds