Senior Iraqi delegation led by national security adviser arrives in Tehran

The Iraqi and Iranian flags are pictured in an unknown location – (Photo: Anadolu Agency)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — A senior Iraqi delegation led by national security adviser Qasim al-Araji arrived in Tehran on Monday.

The delegation is due to meet with Iranian security officials to discuss joint security issues between Iran and Iraq who share a lengthy border.

Last Saturday Iraq’s Araji made a visit to the Kurdistan Region, Sulaimani City. His office said the visit aims to address issues related to neighbouring Iran.

Tehran has repeatedly expressed discontent about the presence of armed Kurdish dissidents along the Kurdish-Iranian border.

Last March, Iraq and Iran signed a border security agreement, a move Iraqi officials said aimed primarily at tightening the frontier with Iraq’s Kurdish region.

The joint security agreement includes coordination in protecting the common borders between the two countries and consolidating cooperation in several security fields.

Iran’s Supreme National Security Council secretary Ali Shamkhani signed the deal with Iraq’s Araji, in the presence of Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed al-Sudani.

Under the signed security deal, Iraq pledges it would not allow armed groups to use its territory in the Iraqi Kurdish region to launch any border-crossing attacks on neighbour Iran.

The frontier came into renewed focus last year when Iran’s Revolutionary Guards launched missile and drone attacks against Iranian Kurdish groups based in the Kurdistan Region, accusing them of fomenting protests that were sparked by the death of an Iranian Kurdish woman while she was being held in police custody.

Iran has also accused Kurdish militants of working with its arch-enemy Israel and has often voiced concern over the alleged presence of the Israeli spy agency Mossad in the Kurdish region.

Last year, Iran’s Intelligence Ministry said a sabotage team detained by its security forces were Kurdish militants working for Israel who planned to blow up a “sensitive” defence industry centre in the city of Isfahan.


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