Iraq’s Kurds slam Iran over Mossad base remark
ARBIL THE government of Iraq’s Kurdish region fired back on Saturday over allegations by Iranian diplomats and officials that Kurdistan was playing host to Israeli intelligence.
Kurdish authorities described the claims, made in previous weeks, as “untrue”, after Iran’s consul in regional capital Arbil said Israeli spies were using Kurdistan as a base to work against neighbouring Iran. “This is not the first time that Iranian officials are saying this without presenting evidence or reasons,” the Kurdish regional government said in a statement.
“The government is not able to be quiet faced with these accusations anymore, so we confirm to the public there are no centres or offices of Israel in Kurdistan, and we deny this accusation.” The statement continued: “It is untrue.” “This is an attempt to draw Kurdistan into the fight between Israel and Iran, and we do not want to be part of this,” it said.
On May 5, Tehran’s consul in Arbil, Azim Hosseini, said Iran’s security agencies had found evidence that “Israelis are in Kurdistan, and they are working against Iran.” “Israelis are working under different passports and names and banners,” he told Safil, a Kurdish weekly published in Arbil.
“The neighbouring nations should not allow this regime to have any activities against Iran.”