Masoud Barzani, the president of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), said on Friday that Tehran has always stood by the Iraqi Kurdistan and its people in hard days.
In a meeting with Speaker of Iran’s Parliament Ali Larijani in Erbil, Barzani appreciated Iran’s support for the Kurdish people during the recent crisis in Iraq and said, “Iran stood by Erbil in those hard days when the ISIL (terrorist group) was threatening the Iraqi Kurdistan.”
Referring to the commonalities between Iran and the Iraqi Kurdistan, Barzani stressed that there is no limitation on the expansion of bilateral ties and mutual cooperation between Tehran and Erbil.
“We always welcome Iran’s support for the Iraqi Kurdistan and … appreciate the Iranian government for its recent aids,” the president of KRG said, adding that the ties between the two sides have been positive so far.
Larijani, for his part, referred to the dire situation created by terrorist groups in the region as “sensitive and serious”, and said that all regional countries are, and should feel, responsible for tackling the problem.
“The trend of security developments in the region has partly changed, and the countries in the region have understood the sensitivity (of the situation),” the Iranian parliament speaker stressed, adding that certain states, however, are still helping extremists.
He renewed his call for a deeper approach to fighting terrorism and urged all countries to take on their roles in this regard, Al Manar TV Network reported.
Larijani, who visited Erbil as the final destination of his six-day tour of regional countries, hailed the economic progress in the Iraqi Kurdistan and reaffirmed support for the KRG in the anti-terror campaign.
Earlier during his stay in Iraq, Larijani held meetings with the leading religious figure Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Najaf as well as senior Iraqi officials including his Iraqi counterpart Salim al-Jabouri in Baghdad.