Barzani: Iraqi Kurdistan No Platform for Actions against Iran

A05285339.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- We will never allow any action to take place against Iran from Iraq’s territory, Kurdish Regional Administration Leader Massoud Barzani said in a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki here on Wednesday.

According to a report by the Foreign Ministry’s Press and Information Bureau, Barzani referred to the good relations between the two countries and Iran’s role in Iraqis’ campaign against Saddam Hussein’s regime, and said Iran has always been with the Iraqi people .

Concerning arrest of employees in Iran’s general consulate in the city of Arbil in northern Iraq, in February of 2007 by the US forces, Barzani said, “We condemn the action and we opposed it harshly and never stop efforts to release them.”

In another part of his remarks, Barzani underlined that Kurds leaders want a unified Iraq, the Islamic republic news agency reported.

Mottaki, by referring to the religious, historical commonalities and good potentials between the two countries, called for developing ties in all fields.

Establishment of high commission for joint cooperation between the two countries under the joint presidency of Iraqi prime minister and Iran’s first vice-president and holding several meetings and taking important economic, social and security decisions is an indication of serious intention in expansion of relations.

Signing several Memoranda of Understanding in different sections of transportation, roads, trade, energy, information technology and sanitation affairs in all districts of Iraq including Kurdistan and creating a new passing border post for trade exchange are among potentials of the two countries, Mottaki said.

He declared the trade exchange volume 3 billion dollars and added the two countries have the capacity to increase the level.

Mottaki also called for serious follow up of illegal arrest of the Iranian consulate employees in Arbil by the US forces.

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