KRG investigates Iranian missile base on its territory
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – The Kurdistan Region is prepared to investigate reports of an Iranian missile base in Sulaimani, according to a Kurdish official on Saturday.
Falah Mustafa, Head of the Kurdistan Region’s Department of Foreign Relations, told Kurdistan24 that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) will look into reports regarding the formation of an Iranian missile base in the Region.
“This [missile base] is a concern that needs to be discussed on two levels, between Iraq and Iran from one side, and between the Kurdistan Region and Iran on the other,” Mustafa said.
“It is a sensitive issue, but I do not think there is such a thing [having an Iranian base in the Kurdistan Region],” he added.
Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper revealed today in a report that Iran is planning to “establish the biggest missile base in the mountain areas near the Chemchemal city in Sulaimani province on the Kurdistan Region-Iran border.”
“If this is true, it is a violation and is interference in the internal affairs of the Kurdistan Region and Iraq” Mustafa affirmed.
He also stated that the KRG will follow up on the suspected issue with the related parties to verify the credibility of the reports.
“We need to confirm that there is such a thing inside the Kurdistan Region, then we will raise the concern to Baghdad, and later we will discuss the matter with Iran,” Mustafa said.
In mid-May, an Iranian delegation visited the Kurdistan Region and invited President Masoud Barzani to visit Iran. Mustafa confirmed that Barzani has approved the invitation but the time of the official visit has not been decided upon yet.
Reporting by Baxtiyar Goran
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany