Velayati

Leader’s Top Aide: Iraqi Kurdistan referendum orchestrated by US, Israel

FNA- Iranian Supreme Leader’s top aide for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati blasted the US and Israel for attempts to stir tension among the regional nations by orchestrating an independence referendum in the Iraqi Kurdistan region.

“The Americans are behind the scene and the Israelis are on the scene of the referendum as they have grown disappointed at the ISIL and now have resorted to fomenting hatred among Muslims which will certainly fail,” Velayati told reporters in Tehran on Tuesday.

Stressing that Kurdistan is a part of Iraq, he said, “The Iraqi people will not keep mum on the issue and will stand against such a disgusting deviation. Barzani (President of Iraqi Kurdistan region) should either withdraw or face the Iraqi people’s confrontation.”

The referendum was held on Monday in defiance of the central government in Baghdad, which says the referendum is unconstitutional and called on the Kurdish leadership to drop the plan.

Iran, Iraq, and Turkey have jointly voiced concerns about the Kurdish independence vote, warning that it could fan the flames of tensions in the Middle East.

The UN Security Council also unanimously issued a statement on Thursday voicing alarm over “the potentially destabilizing impact” of the plebiscite. The 15-member council urged “dialogue and compromise” to address the differences between Baghdad and the Kurdish authorities.

The referendum was held a few days after Commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Qassem underlined that the ISIL terrorist group is taking its last breaths and will vanish in less than 3 months.

“In less than three months, we will declare the end of ISIL and its ruling on this planet and we will celebrate this victory in Iran and the entire region,” General Soleimani said, addressing a ceremony in the Northern province of Gilan last Thursday.

“We will deal our blows decisively and incessantly to the body of the cancerous tumor created by the US and Israel,” he added.

One of the reasons why Iran has embarked on helping the Syrian and Iraqi nations is that the problem of ISIL cannot be solved through diplomacy in the two countries, he said.

“While ISIL claims that killing Shiites is imperative, there is no option but Jihad (holy war),” General Soleimani stressed, adding, “The enemy is out to dry up Islam and destroy Muslims’ independence and occupy Islamic states.”