PM of Kurdistan Nitchravan Barzani meet Hassan Rouhani & Ali Shamkhani in Tehran.
[Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Kurdistan Regional Government delegation, led by Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, met with Iranian leaders during their official visit to Tehran.]
This news bulletin from Iranian state TV concerns the meeting on January 21, 2018, between the Prime Minister of Iraqi Kurdistan, Nitchravan Barzani and the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, who was accompanied by Ali Shamkhani, the Secretary of the Iranian regime’s Supreme National Security Council. During the meeting, Shamkhani passed on a very thinly veiled threat of action against Iraqi Kurdistan if Iranian Kurdish rebels in exile in the region were to launch any attacks on Iran from there.
The reporter says: “Developing relations with Iraqi Kurds, with an emphasis on adhering to Iran’s red lines. The president [Rouhani], a meeting with the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, pointed to the role of some powers and forces outside the region in undermining regional security and stability, saying that Iran supports a unified and integrated Iraq.
Mr. Rouhani said that Iranian investors are ready to participate in development projects in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, as well as welcoming the active participation of Iraqi Kurdish businessmen in the Iranian market. The Prime Minister of the Iraqi Kurdistan region also expressed appreciation for Iran’s support of the Iraqi people and government, especially the Kurdistan region of Iraq in confronting ISIS terrorists.
Mr. Nitchravan Barzani asserted that the borders of Iran and Iraq should be borders of friendship, emphasizing that [the Kurdistan Regional Government] would not allow anyone to use the territory of Iraqi Kurdistan for any possible threat against Iran, which he said was a ‘red line’ for Erbil.
The Secretary of the National Security Council also met with the Prime Minister of Iraqi Kurdistan, stating that holding a referendum [on independence] in the Kurdistan region of Iraq was a strategic mistake that had been extremely costly for the people of Iraqi Kurdistan and neighboring countries. Ali Shamkhani further said that security is a ‘red line’ for Iran, asserting, ‘Some of the anti-revolution groups [a reference to anti-regime Kurdish Iranian armed movements now in exile in the Iraqi Kurdistan region] use Kurdish territories to assassinate our soldiers and our citizens and later return to the areas controlled by Iraqi Kurdistan, which is not tolerable at all.’
During the meeting, the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan region of Iraq assured [the Iranian officials] that Kurdistan’s authorities would do their best to prevent any security threats against Iran.”