Cavu­soglu: Tur­key in con­tact with Iran over anti-pkk op­er­a­tion

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Tehran protested to the Iraq’s Kur­dis­tan Re­gion over re­cent in­fil­tra­tion of ter­ror­ist groups based in the semi-au­ton­o­mous re­gion into the coun­try, which de­cided to com­mit ter­ror­ist acts in Iran.

Iran’s Con­sulate Gen­eral in Er­bil handed over Tehran’s protest note to Si­ham Ma­mand, an of­fi­cial at the re­gion’s Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs, IRNA re­ported.

Del­e­ga­tion of Ira­nian diplo­mats led by Deputy Con­sul Gen­eral Sia­mak Borhani em­pha­sized the Ira­nian Armed Forces’ right to le­git­i­mate de­fense and con­fronting the epi­cen­ter of ter­ror.

Ex­press­ing dis­ap­point­ment over the re­cent events, Ma­mand stressed that the Iraqi Kur­dis­tan will surely not let its “pos­i­tive and con­struc­tive” re­la­tions with Iran be af­fected by such moves.

Ma­mand added that the re­gion has a “strong will” to de­velop and re­in­force its ties with Iran, and that it would not en­dan­ger its in­ter­ests for the sake of any group or party.

Over the week­end, Ira­nian se­cu­rity forces dis­man­tled three ter­ror groups seek­ing to in­fil­trate into the coun­try in sep­a­rate oper­a­tions, killing sev­eral of them in the Osh­navieh and Sarv­abad bor­der ar­eas in the prov­ince of Kur­destan.

Dur­ing the se­cu­rity oper­a­tions, a con­sid­er­able amount of ex­plo­sives, weapons, and equip­ment was confiscated.

Tur­key’s oper­a­tions in Iraq

In the neigh­bor­ing Tur­key, the coun­try has launched new oper­a­tions against Kur­dish mil­i­tants based in Iraq.

Turk­ish For­eign Min­is­ter Mev­lut Cavu­soglu said on Tues­day Ankara is in con­tact with Iran about con­duct­ing a pos­si­ble mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion against Kur­dis­tan Work­ers Party (PKK) mil­i­tants in the north­ern Iraq re­gion of Qandil, close to the Ira­nian bor­der, Hur­riyet Daily re­ported.

“We are in con­tact with Iran,” Cavu­soglu told broad­caster Haber­turk. “PKK is a threat to them as well. Qandil is very close to the Iran bor­der...we will im­prove co­op­er­a­tion with Iran.”

Tur­key re­cently launched mil­i­tary oper­a­tions to elim­i­nate the PKK in north­ern Iraq, tar­get­ing its head­quar­ters in the Qandil Moun­tain re­gion and in the Sin­jar Prov­ince of the coun­try, Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan said on June 11.

Ankara’s prepa­ra­tions for a largescale op­er­a­tion against the PKK pres­ence in the north­ern Iraq be­gan in early March.

Tur­key now has 11 bases in north­ern Iraq in a bid to ef­fec­tively and sus­tain­ably fight against the PKK, which for decades has en­joyed a rel­a­tive se­cu­rity vac­uum in the re­gion.

Cavu­soglu also said Tur­key was in talks with the United States, the cen­tral Iraqi gov­ern­ment in Bagh­dad, and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment (KRG) in Ar­bil for a four-way co­or­di­na­tion to fi­nally put an end to the pres­ence of the PKK in north­ern Iraq.

Tur­key has also completed more than half of a 144 km (90 mile) wall on its bor­der with Iran to pre­vent in­fil­tra­tion by Kur­dish mil­i­tants and smug­gling, a move that was wel­comed by Iran.

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