Iran warns Iraqi Kurdistan against independence

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s Judiciary Chief Sadeq Amoli Larijani warned the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) against seceding from Iraq, warning that Iraq’s disintegration is a plot hatched by the colonial powers.

“Disintegration will inflict harm on Iraq and the country’s Kurds both,” Amoli Larijani said, addressing a meeting with high-ranking Judiciary officials in Tehran on Wednesday.

Stressing the opposition of Iran, the Iraqi Shiite leaders and high-ranking Iraqi officials to the disintegration of the Arab country, he said, “Disintegration of countries has been among the goals of the colonialists in all times in contemporary history.”

Amoli Larijani also blasted the western states’ double-standard behavior towards terrorism, and said, “On one hand the Americans claim that they are opposed to the (terrorist) Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and on the other hand, it is observed that the countries which are the US puppets (in the region) are the main supporters of the terrorists in the region, supply them with money and weapons and support them.”

In relevant remarks earlier this month, the Iranian foreign ministry condemned the remarks and attempts made to sow discord among the Iraqi people, and underlined that the Iraqi nation will never allow disintegration of their country.

“Iraq’s constitution has the capacity to meet the demands of all the country’s people and we have no doubt that every Iraqi national is seeking to protect his/her country’s integrity and the Iraqi people will never accept their country’s disintegration,” Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said.

She underscored the Islamic Republic of Iran’s support for Iraq’s unity and integrity, and said, “Undoubtedly, the vigilant Iraqi people won’t allow the plots and inexperienced dreams of the Zionist regime and the enemies of Iraq to come true.”

President of Iraq’s Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani has recently said that he wants to hold a referendum on full independence of his region. His remarks came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu endorsed the de-facto independence of Iraqi Kurds, citing the “collapse” of Iraq amid the foreign-backed terrorist campaign in the country by the al-Qaeda-linked ISIL Takfiri militants.

Netanyahu further urged support for the “Kurdish aspiration for independence”.

In response, senior Iranian officials warned of the US and Israeli plots to disintegrate Iraq, and cautioned certain actors in the region that speaking about Iraq’s separation is equal to playing in enemies’ court.

“Given the recent position taken by Netanyahu on supporting the Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence, any steps taken in this regard will implement the Zionist regime’s special goals in the region,” Chairman of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said earlier this month.

He said anyone who speaks of Iraq’s disintegration, he/she is playing in the enemies’ court.

Boroujerdi underlined that the Islamic Republic of Iran is sensitively and seriously opposed to the disintegration of any Muslim state, adding that maintaining Iraq’s territorial integrity is an unavoidable necessity.

By Fars News Agency


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