Iraqi Kurds reject Iranian accusations of causing Iran riots

by Wladimir van Wilgenburg    


ERBIL – The Iraqi Kurds rejected allegations of a high-level Iranian official accusing the Iraqi Kurds of causing the recent protests in Iran.

Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei on Saturday said officials from the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as well as the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), the Saudi regime, and the Barzani family played a role in recent riots in Iran and held meetings a few months ago in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) spokesperson Safeen Dizayee rejected the allegations.

“We categorically deny such baseless and fabricated accusations. The Kurdistan Region has shown in practice that it has always been, and remains, a factor for peace and stability. The Kurdistan Region has never been, nor will it try to be, the cause of disturbance and unrest in its neighboring countries,” he said.

“The Kurdistan Region always works to build and improve friendly relations with its neighbors, and regional as well as other international countries based on mutual respect and bilateral interests. Such statements do not serve neighborly relations between the Kurdistan Region and the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he added.  

“Some Iranian officials recently blamed Iraqi Kurdistan and Erbil for orchestrating Iran protests. This is ridiculous and unwarranted claim,” Hosyar Zebari, another Kurdish politician said on Twitter.

In the past Iran has blamed Israel and United States of planning the Kurdish independence referendum that was held on 25 September. Although the United States did not support the referendum, and did not protest when Iraqi forces backed by Iran took over Kurdish-held territories in October last year, including the symbolic oil-rich Kurdish majority city of Kirkuk.

Analysts say Iran was a major winner and was responsible for the Iraqi offensive on October 16 to recapture Kurdish held-areas, Reuters reported.