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MP Urges Iraq to Counter Active Terrorist Groups in Its Soil

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TEHRAN, July 31 (ICANA) – A leading Iranian parliamentarian has criticized the Iraqi government for its failure to counter anti-Iran operations of terrorist groups inside Iraq.
Sunday, July 31, 2011 9:25:28 PM
MP Urges Iraq to Counter Active Terrorist Groups in Its Soil

Speaking to ICANA on Sunday, Chairman of the Foreign Policy Committee of the Majlis Heshmatollah Fallahatpisheh said recent remarks made by the Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari on Iran had been made "without due regard for the realties on the ground and based on false news reports."

The senior lawmaker stressed that the performance of the Iraqi government vis-à-vis terrorist groups "is seriously under question."

The MP was commenting on a call by the Iraqi foreign minister asking Iran to end its attacks on terrorist groups inside Iraq.

Zebari demanded on Wednesday that Iran stop shelling positions of Kurdish rebels inside Iraq, saying it damages ties between the neighboring countries.

"We again demand that the Iranian government stop its continuing shelling" of the separatist Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) "because this is not constructive for Iraq-Iranian relations and damages ties," he told reporters.

"The shelling has continued (off-and-on) for five years, but this time the duration has been longer than previous instances," he added.

Falahatpisheh however advised the Iraqi foreign minister to help his government fulfill its duty vis-à-vis terrorist groups instead of making those remarks about Iran.

He said the terrorist operations being carried out against Iran did not only target the people of Iran but also harmed the people of Iraq.

He said that based on transit indexes, the Iran-Iraq border would yield 80 billion dollars in mutual benefit for the two countries in the long run.

Recalling his visit to Iraq and his meetings with Iraqi MPs last year, Falahatpisheh said some Iraqi lawmakers were unhappy with the presence and operation of terrorist groups in their soil.

He said these terrorist groups are part of an international Mafia who aim to undermine the new chapter in Iran-Iraq relations.

In conclusion, the lawmaker urged the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to give an appropriate response to the Iraqi foreign minister.

Iran has deployed military forces in the northwest of the country along its common border with Iraq's Kurdistan, and has been fighting the PJAK terrorist group over the past weeks.

Members of the PJAK -- an offshoot of Turkey's outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party -- regularly engage in armed clashes with Iranian security forces along the country's western borders with Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

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