Iran, Iraqi Kurdistan share views on expansion of ties: interior minister
TEHRAN, May 6 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iran and the Iraqi Kurdistan region have common views on expanding ties and beginning a new era of relations, Interior Minister Mostafa Purmohammadi said here on Sunday.
The level of cooperation between Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan is appropriate, but still does not meet expectations, Iranian Interior Minister told reporters at a news conference with Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechervan Idris Barzani.
"We have five border provinces (with Iraq) and three of them share borders with the (Iraqi) Kurdistan region, and the security of the borders is one of our most important concerns," Purmohammadi noted.
Barzani said that the Islamic Republic had always helped the Iraqis, and especially the people of Iraqi Kurdistan, in difficult situations.
"Iran's security is our security, and Iran has always been a good neighbor of (Iraqi) Kurdistan," he stated.
"We will not allow any hostile act to be committed against Iran from the land of (Iraqi) Kurdistan under any circumstances, and we are prepared to allay any possible concerns," he added.
Barzani went on to say that Iraqi Kurdistan welcomes Iranian investors in the fields of industry, energy, and tourism.
On the five Iranian diplomats who were captured by U.S. troops in Irbil, Iraqi Kurdistan on January 11, he said, "We made the utmost efforts to help obtain their release... There is no reason to hold them, and we call for their prompt release."
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