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

Iran

Tehran complains to Erbil about cross-border ‘terror’ activity

By Rudaw 13/6/2018
PDKI Peshmerga man a position in the Kurdistan Region mountains. Photo: Rudaw
PDKI Peshmerga man a position in the Kurdistan Region mountains. Photo: Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iran has delivered a formal complaint to the KRG about the movement of “terrorists” across their shared border. 

A delegation from Iran’s consul general in Erbil delivered the message to Siham Mamand, deputy head of the KRG’s Department of Foreign Affairs in a meeting on Wednesday, IRNA reported. 

According to the Iranian media outlet, the diplomatic representatives stressed Iran’s right to defend itself and Mamand expressed the KRG’s desire to strengthen ties with its eastern neighbour. 

Mamand declined to comment to Rudaw on the meeting. 

The Iranian report did not specify which terror groups the consul was concerned about, but the cross-border activities of Iranian Kurdish opposition parties have long been a complication in Erbil’s relations with Tehran.

Iran's Kurdish opposition parties have been based in the Kurdistan Region since 1991 and Tehran has repeatedly blamed the KRG for allowing the parties to cross the border and carry out military operations.

In recent days, Peshmerga of Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) clashed with Iranian Revolutionary Forces in the cities of Oshnavieh and Sarwabad in Iranian Kurdistan.

Earlier this year, after three Revolutionary Guards were killed by KDPI forces in Piranshahr, Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alawi told Tasnim News that they "will soon conduct a harsh response against terrorist and anti-Revolutionary groups."

Kurdish parties have accused Iran of carrying out bombings of their offices and assassinating their members in the Kurdistan Region. Iran has also reportedly shelled positions across the border. 

In its biggest cross-border military operation, some 3,000 Iranian troops attacked PDKI’s camp in Koya on July 29, 1996. A few days later, the PDKI announced it would end its cross-border attacks in a deal reportedly struck with the mediation of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).

The PDKI ended its ceasefire in 2015.

Last summer, Iran accused the KRG of violating their border security agreement after several clashes between Kurdish and Iranian forces. 

The KRG has repeatedly stressed its desire to be a good neighbour and to not get involved in the struggles of Kurdish populations outside of its own borders. 

The Iranian consul’s meeting with Mamand comes a day after leaders of two Iranian Kurdish parties visited Washington seeking support.

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

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

What You Say

Pliny The Kurd | 9/24/2018 8:57:11 AM
Let's it be as our President deem it better . Good luck
President Barzani throws full force of KDP behind Fuad Hussein's presidential bid
| 7 hours ago | (1)
Yade | 9/24/2018 8:34:47 AM
"Almost 70 percent of the planned zone is controlled by either HTS, which is dominated by Syria's former Al-Qaeda branch, or other jihadists". The...
After Idlib deal, Turkey faces tough task to oust jihadists
| 10 hours ago | (1)
Hiwa | 9/24/2018 4:28:00 AM
Where do the customs revenue of ibrahim Khalil go to??? I know but most of you are too cowards to mention it . So let’s face it . Both sides are...
G.k | 9/24/2018 5:31:40 AM
Iraq is pushing by the day further its discriminatory measures against the Kurds, it treats them as enemies.Hatered, discrimination, vicious...
Iraq opens customs checkpoints on Erbil-Kirkuk, Sulaimani-Kirkuk roads
| 19 hours ago | (6)
Atta | 9/23/2018 8:15:20 PM
@Bijan, the Soviet was even bigger and much MUCH stronger, remember that, in fact Iran is more comparable with former Yugoslavia than the Soviet. You...
civilized turc | 9/24/2018 12:29:06 AM
The ajam persians have no balls to fight they send their afghan slave soldiers to fight for them in syria and lebanon
Gunmen attack Iranian military parade, casualties reported
| 22/9/2018 | (24)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

Russia boosts Syrian air defence after plane shot down 2 hours ago |

Russia boosts Syrian air defence after plane shot down

Syrian forces will soon receive a modern S-300 more
Iraqi military kills 8 ISIS fighters holed up disputed areas 4 hours ago |

Iraqi military kills 8 ISIS fighters holed up disputed areas

"After gathering precise knowledge, two Iraqi more
0.547 seconds