Iranian FM due in parliament to brief MPs on regional developments

Tasnim – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif plans to attend the parliament to explain about the latest developments in the Middle East region, including the independence referendum recently held in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, an MP said.

Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency on Friday, Akbar Ranjbarzadeh, a member of the parliament’s presiding board, said Zarif would attend a closed session of parliament on Wednesday, October 11.

The Iranian foreign minister plans to brief the lawmakers about the implementation process of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), he added.

The independence referendum held in Iraqi Kurdistan Region would be another topic due to be discussed in the meeting between Zarif and the MPs.

The Iraqi Kurdistan Region went ahead with its plan to hold the referendum on September 25 although Iraq’s neighbors and countries in the Middle East, including Iran and Turkey, had voiced opposition to such a move and supported the Baghdad central government.

Thousands of Kurdish people in favor of KRG’s secession from Iraq took to the streets in Erbil that night, with some waving Israeli flags to celebrate.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the only leader in the region to endorse the referendum, while all neighbors have warned that the secession plan would bring instability to the region and disintegrate Iraq.