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 Former Kurdistan PM: Iraq opposes actions against Iran's security 

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Former Kurdistan PM: Iraq opposes actions against Iran's security  26.8.2011    

August 26, 2011

TEHRAN, Iran, — The Iraqi Kurdistan region's vice president said Thursday on Iraq opposed any action against Iran's "security," as Tehran said it would continue its operation against Iranian Kurdish rebels near the border area.

"Considering the historic support and strategic relations with the Islamic republic, Iraq will oppose any action that is against Iran's security," Nechirvan Barzani said in a meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"We believe that the security of Iran is as important as that of Iraq and problems must be solved through cooperation," Barzani, nephew of president of the autonomous Kurdistan region Massoud Barzani, was quoted as saying by the Iranian president's website.         

Nechirvan Barzani (R) , former Kurdistan region PM and deputy chairman of the co-ruling KDP party met Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Photo: KRG
In July, Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards launched a major offensive against rebels from the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK), targeting their bases along the Iran-Iraq border.

The Guards said they destroyed PJAK compounds inside Iraqi territory, while claiming to have killed more than 50 rebels and losing eight men in the fighting.

PJAK rebels often clash with Iranian forces, and their bases in the mountainous border regions of Iraqi Kurdistan from which they launch their attacks are bombed in retaliation.

Iran intends to continue the operation "to secure our borders, for the terrorists not to infiltrate and harm our people," an operations commander, Colonel Hamid Ahmadi, told foreign media in Tehran on August 17.

Before launching the attack, Iran had criticised Massoud Barzani for what it called providing the PJAK with a vast safe haven along the border.

On Thursday, Ahmadinejad said Tehran supported "a secure and developed Iraq which would be in the interest of Iran and the region."

"The common enemies of Iran and Iraq ... are devising new plans to spread insecurity in the region," Ahmadinejad said in an allusion to Kurdish fighters,www.ekurd.netwhom Tehran says are backed by arch-foes Israel and the United States.

A delegation from Kurdistan region which was led by vice president of Kurdistan Democratic Party Nechirvan Barzani met on Thursday with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran, the capital city of Islamic republic of Iran.

A member of the Kurdistan delegation told PUKmedia that the meeting was successful and the good news will be announced soon about bringing back peace to the region.

He also said that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad shed light on the historical relations between Iraq and Iran and expressed his country’s support to help Iraq in all aspects.

Nechirvan Barzani said that the problems should be addressed through dialogue and negotiation, saying that Iraq is against any acts would endanger Iran interests.

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