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Iranian-Kurdish ties will outlast Trump: Zarif

By Rudaw 15/1/2019
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks to Rudaw in Erbil on January 15, 2019. Photo: Rudaw
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks to Rudaw in Erbil on January 15, 2019. Photo: Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that US President Donald Trump has no place in Iran’s relationship with the Kurdistan Region. 

The ties between Iran and Kurdistan are rooted in history and will outlast Trump’s administration, he said when asked about Trump’s recent comment he was unhappy about Kurds selling oil to Iran. 

“It has nothing to do with Mr. Trump. Together with the Kurds, we have relations dating back centuries. These governments come and go,” said Zarif. 

Speaking to reporters after a cabinet meeting at the start of the year, Trump said he didn't like it that Kurds are “selling the small oil that they have to Iran, and we asked them not to sell it to Iran... We're not thrilled about that. OK? I'm not happy about it at all.”

His comment was confusing as it was made during a discussion about Kurds in Syria, who have no border with Iran and denied they are selling oil to Tehran. Analysts believe Trump may have confused Kurds in Iraq with those in Syria. 

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has said they will follow Baghdad’s lead when it comes to complying with US sanctions on Iran. 

Washington gave Baghdad a temporary waiver from sanctions, allowing Iraq to continue importing Iranian natural gas and electricity through March. 

Governments in both Baghdad and Erbil have stressed the importance of their economic ties with Iran.

Zarif arrived in Baghdad on Sunday where he met with Iraqi leaders before coming to Erbil on Tuesday. He held a meeting on trade with KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and business leaders. He then traveled to Sulaimani for a trade conference. 

Iran and Iraq share a nearly 1,500 kilometre long border and want to increase trade. 


With reporting from Sangar Abdulrahman. 

Comments

 
Kirkuki Kurd | 15/1/2019
That's why you were the first country to oppose the Kurdish referendum in which over 3 million people voted for independent Kurdistan and you the Iranian government stood with the arabs just you did 1400 years ago when you stabbed the Kurds in the back. Don't forget Iranian it was the Kurds Medes who accommodate you when you came from the Central Asia. shame on you, now you have no choice because America is coming to you and your days are numbered. We should never trust you!!
Muraz Adzhoev | 15/1/2019
It seems so as in fact Rudaw’s report (from Sangar Abdulrahman) was prepared “under the dictation” of Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, doesn’t it?
great story | 15/1/2019
says one with american passport
Kurdi | 15/1/2019
We're stuck dealing with you murdering, fanatics for the time being, but best believe we'll liberate Rojhalat when the oppertunity and possibility presents itself!! Biji Israel and US lol!
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