Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi met the Iraqi foreign minister, Fuad Hussein in Tehran. Raisi stated during the meeting that Tehran will not allow Israel to threaten the security of Iran and the region. He further said Iran “seriously expects” neighbouring countries, especially Iraq, to not allow the presence of entities that endanger Iran’s security, either in areas controlled by the federal government or in the Kurdish region.
Iran has “proved its brotherhood” toward its neighbours and expects them to “be aware of the conspiracies of its enemies,” said Raisi as per the statement issued by his office.
Last month, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) claimed responsibility for an attack on what it claimed was an Israeli “strategic centre” in Erbil in northern Iraq. The attack which included a dozen ballistic missiles came in response to the killing of two IRGC members in an Israeli airstrike on the outskirts of Damascus. Tensions between Baghdad and Tehran rose after some Iraqi officials condemned the missile strike.
Iran is “closely observing” Israel’s actions and will not allow them to “endanger regional security through any country, including Iraq,” Raisi mentioned. In an oblique reference to US forces, he stressed that Iraq’s security must be provided by Iraqis themselves, without the presence of outsiders.
FM Hussein said Iraq will “never be a base for acting against the security of Iran”, and that his country was ready for “extensive cooperation with Iran, including in the field of security.”
Hussein is on a two-day visit to Tehran. During his visit, he also held talks with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Wednesday, with both diplomats agreeing that dialogue was the best approach to resolve issues.
“It is clear that our brothers in Iran have some security concerns that we believe can be resolved through dialogue,” he stated, adding that the security of Iraq and Iran was intertwined.