The Iraqi staff said in a press statement, “The bilateral relations that bind us with the neighbor, the Islamic Republic of Iran, are close relations based on cooperation and good neighborliness, and they have witnessed a remarkable development between the two countries recently at all levels, especially in the security and military aspects.”
She added: “On this basis, we express our astonishment at the unjustified statements that were recently attributed to the Chief of the General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Major General Muhammad Hussein Bagheri, regarding the presence of hostile movements from Iraqi territory towards the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
The Iraqi Army Chief of Staff indicated that “Iraq strongly rejects the use of its territory for aggression against its neighbors, and that it adheres to good neighborliness and fraternal relations with neighboring countries,” stressing the need for “everyone to adhere to the language of brotherhood and cooperation in joint relations.”
Earlier, the Chief of the General Staff of the Iranian Army, Major General Muhammad Bagheri, called on the Iraqi government to take steps to prevent the activities of (Kurdish-Iranian) armed groups opposed to the Islamic Republic, stationed in the mountains of northern Iraq adjacent to the Iranian border.
In statements during the ceremony introducing the new deputy to him, Bagheri referred to the strikes launched by the “Revolutionary Guard” recently on sites of anti-Iranian militants in northern Iraq, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, suggesting that these armed groups intensified their activities during the past year “at the instigation of the United States.” Israel and some reactionary Arab countries in the region.
The Chief of Staff stated that Iran will not accept this and will continue its operations in order to uproot these armed groups, adding that the Islamic Republic will not allow any sabotage actions to be carried out on its borders.