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Iraq’s national security advisor in Tehran to advance border security pact

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Iraqi National Security Advisor Qasim al-Araji (Photo by the Associated Press)

A security delegation from Iraq headed by the national security advisor has arrived in Tehran to discuss the terms of a security agreement that entails the complete disarmament and re-location of anti-Iran terrorist groups operating in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

Qasim al-Araji traveled to Tehran at the head of a security delegation on Sunday under the direction of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia’ al-Sudani, the official Iraqi News Agency reported. 

According to the report, the Iraqi delegation will meet with Iranian authorities to complete the implementation of the recent security agreement. 

Anti-Iran terrorists occasionally attempt to use the Kurdistan region to target Iranian soil or to smuggle weapons into the country and target Iran’s security.

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has now and then targeted terrorists’ lairs in the Kurdistan region.

Iran has repeatedly urged Baghdad and Erbil to meet their commitments toward Iran and take necessary measures to make the common border between the countries secure.

Last month, Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein said his country is committed to a security pact with Iran to disarm anti-Iran terrorist groups based in the Kurdistan region.

He made the remarks at a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Tehran on September 13.

Hussein said the terrorist groups will be transferred to camps supervised by the United Nations.

He made clear that the Iraqi constitution does not allow any group to use Iraqi territory to attack other countries, saying the security agreement between the two neighboring countries is also based on the Arab country’s constitution.

He also said the Baghdad government and the Kurdistan region are cooperating with each other in this regard and both stress the necessity of implementing the security agreement.

Amir-Abdollahian, for his part, underscored that the Islamic Republic of Iran is serious when it comes to providing the country’s national security.

“Efforts are underway to disarm them and fully implement the clauses of the security agreement between the two countries,” he added.

Two days before the two foreign ministers visited, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kan’ani also said the ultimatum given to Iraq to disarm anti-Iran separatist groups based in the Kurdistan region would not be extended.

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