Iran Calls on Iraq to Fully Implement Clauses of Security Pact
TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Akbar Ahmadian urged Iraq to be committed to a security agreement between the two neighbors that entails the complete disarmament and relocation of anti-Tehran terrorists based in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
Iran's security chief made the comments in a Sunday meeting with Iraq's National Security Advisor Qasim Al-Araji who traveled to Tehran at the head of a high-ranking delegation.
The deal between Tehran and Baghdad guarantees stability along both countries’ borders and serves as a logical and proper road map for the elimination of elements which create insecurity in the two countries and in the entire region, Ahmadian stressed.
Al-Araji, for his part, emphasized that the Iraqi government is determined to implement the mutual security accord, noting that Baghdad will utilize any opportunity to develop and deepen its relation with Tehran.
Tehran has long accused Iraq's Kurdish region of harbouring militant groups involved in attacks against Iran, stressing it will not tolerate the presence of terrorist groups along its joint border with the Iraq or on Iraqi soil.
Following a series of meetings at various levels in both Iran and Iraq, Tehran and Baghdad reached a deal to disarm and relocate the terrorist groups based in Northern Iraq. Under the agreement, the Iraqi government has promised to disarm terrorist and separatist groups operating in the Kurdistan region by September 19, vacate their military barracks and transfer them to the camps established by the Baghdad government.
Baghdad, for its part, pledged that it is committed to the security pact with Tehran, and that anti-Tehran terrorists have been evacuated from the common borders and pushed back deep inside the Iraqi soil. The Baghdad government has announced that the presence of Kurdish armed groups operating against Iran has been limited to five camps inside Iraq.
Since late September 2022, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has launched a series of aerial operations on the headquarters of terrorist groups in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region. The military operation came after the illegal entry of armed teams linked with the Kurdish terrorist groups into the Iranian border cities in recent months.
The Permanent Mission of Iran to the UN had announced that diplomacy has failed to bring an end to the presence of terrorists in Kurdistan region and the terror activities in the Arab country has left Tehran with no other option but to use military force against them.
The IRGC Ground Force has announced that the operations against terror bases will continue until all anti-Iran separatist and terrorist outfits holed up in the rugged mountainous area lay down their arms and surrender.
The Iranian Armed Forces, specially the IRGC, have repeatedly warned that they will never tolerate the presence and activity of terrorist groups along the Northwestern border and will give crushing and decisive responses in case of anti-security activities.
The IRGC has on countless occasions attacked and demolished terrorist hideouts in the Kurdistan region with artillery fire, missiles and drones.
Military officials warn of Tehran’s continued attacks against the strongholds of anti-revolutionary groups in the region, specially the Iraqi Kurdistan region. They threatened the Americans that their bases in the region should also be abolished and not be used as an anti-revolutionary center.