'Iran, Iraqi Kurdistan to set up committee to deal with PJAK'

TEHRAN, Aug. 15 (MNA) - The Iranian Ambassador to Iraq has announced that Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan will establish a joint committee soon to unite in the struggle against counter-revolutionary group PJAK (the Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan).

The issue of PJAK should be resolved through mutual cooperation between Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan, Ambassador Hassan Danaiifar told the Mehr News Agency.

Iranian officials and Iraqi Kurdistan’s officials have started to take some measures with the aim of establishing a joint committee comprising high-ranking military officials, Danaiifar stated.

Commenting on claims that the issue of PJAK has strained Tehran-Baghdad relations, he said, “Relations between Iran and Iraq are stronger than to be (negatively) affected by issues like PJAK.”

However, at a certain period of time, a number of moves were made against the Islamic Republic in this regard, Danaiifar said.

But the developing and deep-rooted relations between the Iranian and Iraqi nations did not allow such issues to cloud bilateral ties, he added.

Danaiifar also spoke about the letter that he sent to the Iraqi Foreign Ministry last month concerning PJAK. “In the letter I asked the Iraqi government to prevent terrorist groups from entering Iran, and after that I held several meetings with senior Iraqi officials in charge of foreign policy affairs at the (Iraqi) parliament and Iraqi vice presidents, in which it was emphasized that a solution to this issue (PJAK) should be achieved in Iraq.”

“They (the Iraqi officials) have provided a verbal reply to my letter… but I’m awaiting a written reply,” he said.

Iraqi officials are seeking to hammer out a solution, and “we are ready to settle the issue through mutual cooperation,” Danaiifar added.

Iraqi officials to undertake visits to Iran

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian ambassador announced that a number of Iraqi officials, including ministers of higher education and research, science and technology, culture, and agriculture will pay separate visits to Iran after the lunar month of Ramadan, which will end on August 31.

Danaiifar added in the recent meeting that he held with Osama al-Najifi, the speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, the Iraqi official said he plans to take a trip to Tehran after Ramadan.

In addition, the Iranian diplomat said that Iran-Iraq parliamentary friendship group will be formed in the coming few days.


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