Iranian Kurds deny being supported by Saudi Arabia


Kurdish fighters of the Peshmerga in western Iran. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Erbil – Iranian Kurdish officials have denied renewed allegations by Iranian authorities that Kurdish armed groups received a Saudi armed support with the blessing of the Kurdish president Masoud Barzani.

Top Military Aide to the Iranian Supreme Leader Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi accused the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq of allowing Saudi Arabia to arm Kurdish groups.

“In the Iraqi Kurdistan region, Talabani enjoys good relations with Iran but the Barzanis are not so. We are concerned about the Iraqi Kurdistan region’s divergence from Iraq’s central government since they have some agreements with the Zionists,” Safavi was quoted by the Iranian Fars News agency as saying.

“The Barzanis allow the Saudis’ consulate in Northern Iraq to supply weapons to Iranian anti-revolutionary forces and we warn them in this regard and the Barzanis should know that they owe to Iran,” the Iranian Major General said.

“The Iraqi Kurds are of Aryan origin and have Iranian roots and like Iran but they should know that if they enter this political game, it will not be clear if Iran will help them anymore,” Safavi warned.

The Kurdish government denied the allegations. “We clearly announce that all [Safavi’s] speeches are baseless and not true,” the Kurdish government said on Thursday.

“He has no evidence.. to prove that the Kurdistan Region has made any threat to Iran in any way,” the statement continued.

Mihammed Salih Qadiri, a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party-Iran’s (KDP-I) Central Committee in an earlier interview told ARA News that Iranian allegations that the Iranian Kurdish groups receive support from Saudi Arabia are baseless.

“This propaganda is nothing new; in the past they accused America and Israel of supporting our forces against Iran, but the Iranian authorities have no proof to support this claim,” he said.

“The Iranian regime always tries to export its problems, accusing the opposition forces of being backed by foreign countries. However, we stress that so far there has been no foreign support to the Kurdish people in Iran,” he told ARA News. “But if anyone want to support us to fight Iran, we would welcome this.”

A spokesperson for the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDK-I) also told ARA News that they have no relations with Saudi Arabia.

“This is of course to be expected due to the tensions between the Saudis and Iran,” Hiwa Bahrami, a spokesperson for 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.

Recently, pro-Iranian government news agency Fars News claimed that several members of the Kurdish Komala party were arrested.

Tensions have increased between the Iranian Kurdish parties and the Iranian government after the Iranian Kurdish parties decided to resume their armed struggle last summer.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg and Sozbin Cheleng | Source: ARA News 


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