On Sunday, March 19, in Baghdad, a senior Iranian security official, Ali Shamkhani, signed an agreement that he intends to “border protection” Between Iran and Iraq, where the Iranian Kurdish opposition groups targeted by Tehran are based, the Iraqi prime minister’s office announced.
Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme Security Council, signed an agreement with his Iraqi counterpart, Qassem Al-Araji. It includes coordination in protecting common borders and consolidating cooperation in several security fields.He said the services of Muhammad Chia Al-Sudani.
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This visit comes on the eve of the twentieth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq. Today, relations between Baghdad and Tehran are closer than ever, and the Sudanese government of Muhammad Xia is supported by a pro-Iranian parliamentary coalition.
However, some Western capitals warn of the great influence in Iraq of the Iranian neighbor, which considers the United States its greatest enemy since the Islamic Revolution of 1979.
“Stop” the activities of the Kurdish dissidents
According to statements reported by the official IRNA news agency, Ali Shamkhani attacked on Sunday The anti-security and sinister activities of counter-revolutionary and terrorist elements in the region [du Kurdistan irakien] and northern Iraq ».
He said the agreement was signed Sunday “He can completely and fundamentally end the evil deeds of these groups.”.
sequel after announcement
These Iranian Kurdish opposition factions, which took refuge in northern Iraq, were bombed by Iran at the end of 2022, and Tehran accused them of infiltrating its lands to launch attacks and encourage demonstrations. Then the Iraqi government pledged to redeploy border guards to reduce tensions.
At the time, Iran was rocked by a protest movement sparked by the death of Mohsa Amini, 22, a young Kurdish woman who was arrested by the morality police on September 16 for allegedly violating women’s dress code.
Iran: Republic of Executioners
Iraq was also one of the mediators in the talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia, which severed diplomatic relations in 2016, before announcing their resumption on March 10. A closeness in which Ali Shamkhani was literally on the Iranian side.
According to IRNA, he was accompanied during his visit to Baghdad by the governor of the Central Bank and the deputy minister in charge of economic affairs.
Trade is vital for both partners, especially in terms of energy. Iraq relies heavily on its neighbor’s gas and electricity.