Nechirvan Barzani strongly criticizes Iranian film that 'insults' Peshmerga, Kurdish leaders

President Nechirvan Barzani said the production, riddled with inaccuracies, aims to “harm” improved ties between the Kurdistan Region and Iran.
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Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani speaks during a press conference. (Photo: Kurdistan Region Presidency)
Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani speaks during a press conference. (Photo: Kurdistan Region Presidency)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani on Tuesday criticized the Iranian Fars News Agency’s recent film productions, which he said “harm” the historical relations between Iran and the Kurdistan Region.

The agency, “by producing two films about Erbil, the Peshmerga, and the war on ISIS, sought to distort the facts and insult the Peshmerga forces, the [then] Kurdistan Region President [Masoud Barzani],” Nechirvan Barzani said in a statement.

Barzani explained that Iran’s military aid to the Kurdistan Region during the war against the so-called Islamic State contributed to strengthening relations between them.

However, he said the Fars News production aims to “harm” those improved ties, adding that the films were riddled with inaccuracies.

Barzani underlined that the Iranian aid was “just as important as the aid of the international coalition against ISIS, especially the long-term and effective cooperation provided by the US, and the European countries.”

Above all, he noted, the leadership of Masoud Barzani as president and commander-in-chief of the Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga Forces helped eliminate the threat of Islamic State militants near the region’s borders.

The statement concluded that the film production is “an attempt to sabotage cooperation” and cause rifts among “friendly populations in the wider region.”