Iranian Kurds: We have no contacts with Saudi Arabia

Angry Kurdish protesters confronting Iranian security forces in Mahabad. Activists

ARA News 

QAMISHLI – Official spokesman for the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDK-I) told ARA News that they have no relations with Saudi Arabia, after the former Saudi Arabian intelligence chief called for the downfall of the Iranian regime. But they are ready for contacts.

Prince Turki Al-Faisal, former Saudi Arabian intelligence chief, joined a gathering of Iranian opposition group Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) in Paris on Saturday, saying: “I too want the downfall of the regime,” according to the Saudi al-Arabiya news.

“This is off course to be expected due to the tensions between the Saudis and Iran,” Hiwa Bahrami, a spokesperson of the PDK-I said. “Both sides are trying to support the opponents of each other. But we have until now no contacts, and the Saudis until now did not contact us,” Bahraini told ARA News.

“We have no contacts yet with either the Saudis or MEK,” he added. “But we are open to talk with both.” 

Unlike the exiled MEK party, the Iranian Kurdish parties are involved in heavy battles with the Iranian regime.

“We are a political party and the opposition against a brutal regime,” Bahrami said. “We can use support from all sides. The Saudis do not have good relations with Iran and they can support us. But all opponents of Iran in the region are not brave enough to support the Iranian opposition,” he said.

In June, Mohsen Rezaei, the secretary of the powerful Expediency Discernment Council, claimed that Saudi Arabia supported Iranian Kurdish parties to attack Iran, but Kurdish parties deny this.

Speaking to ARA News, Mouloud Swara, Member of Central Committee of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, said: “No one is helping the Kurdish movement in Rojhelat [Kurdistan of Iran], we do not have any support from the Arab world.”

Clashes broke out between PDK-I’s Peshmerga Forces and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards on June 15, 2016. Since then, there have been heavy clashes in Iranian Kurdistan

On Monday, the Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK) claimed responsibility for an assassination attempt on the car of Kermanshah MP Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, who barely escaped. Reportedly, two of his bodyguards were killed.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg 

Source: ARA News 

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  1. Parviz
    July 11, 2016 at 4:38 am

    KDPI will be buried this time around. Getting help from tyranny of Saudi family to assassinate a Kurdish member of Iranian parliament and call themselves freedom fighters. Wow!

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