Baghdad, 20 March 2023 (TDI): Iraqi Prime Minister, Mohammed Shia’ Sabbar al-Sudani, National Security Adviser of Iraq, Qasim al-Araji, and Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Secretary, Ali Shamkhani signed the security agreement in Baghdad.

According to Iraqi officials, the border security agreement has been aimed at tightening the frontier with Iraq’s Kurdish region, armed Kurdish dissidents pose a threat to its security, as stated by Tehran.

This agreement includes coordination in the protection of the common borders between the two countries, and also for consolidation of cooperation in several security fields, as stated by Iraqi officials.

Under this security deal Iraq pledges that it would not allow the armed groups to use its territory in the Iraqi Kurdish region to launch any border-crossing attacks on neighbor Iran. 

Shamkhani denounced the malicious activities by counter-revolutionary elements in northern Iraq. The security agreement would end the vicious activities of these rebel groups.

The Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said, “Shamkhani’s current trip to Iraq has been planned for four months and is focused on issues related to the armed groups in northern Iraq”.

The semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq hosts camps and rear bases operated by several Iranian Kurdish factions, and Iran charged them with propagating Western agendas.

The agreement was finalized over the reaction that came in because of the launch of drone attacks by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards against Iranian Kurdish groups based in northern Iraq.

The groups remained involved in extremist activities that are not only posing threat to both states but also to the region as a whole.