United Nations Envoy Joins Meeting Between Iraq and Kurdistan Region on Tehran-Baghdad Security Deal
In a crucial diplomatic meeting held on Monday, the United Nations envoy to Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, played a pivotal role in discussions between Iraq's National Security Advisor Qassem Al-Araji and Kurdistan Region's Minister of Interior Reber Ahmed. The focus of the meeting centered on the implementation of the Iraq-Iran security deal, with a specific emphasis on addressing concerns related to Kurdish opposition groups operating along the Iranian border.
Iraq's National Security Advisor, Qassem Al-Araji, led a high-level delegation to Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region, for this significant diplomatic engagement. The presence of the UN's top representative for Iraq underscored the international community's interest in finding a resolution to the security issues along the Tehran-Baghdad border region.
Iran has previously launched military operations along the Kurdistan Region's border, alleging the presence of Kurdish militant groups and citing their involvement in the September 2022 protests. These protests erupted following the tragic death of Mahsa (Zhina) Amini, a Kurdish girl who died in Iranian police custody after being detained for allegedly violating dress code regulations.
Kurdistan Region officials have repeatedly asserted their commitment to preventing any group from using their territory to threaten Iran's national security.
The outcome of this diplomatic effort is of paramount importance, as Iran has issued a warning that if the Iraqi government does not move its forces away from the border by September 19, 2023, it will resume drone and artillery shelling against suspected Kurdish forces' positions within the Kurdistan Region. These attacks were a recurrent issue in the region last year, further underlining the urgency and significance of the ongoing discussions.
As of the time of this report, the Ministry of Interior in the Kurdistan Region has not officially commented on the outcome or details of the meeting. However, the international community closely watches the developments, hoping for a peaceful resolution that contributes to regional stability and security.