Iran demands extradition of 38 Iraqi "separatists," citing previous agreements
Kazem Gharibabadi, the secretary general of Iran's High Council for Human Rights, has led an Iranian delegation demanding the extradition of 38 prominent "separatists" (the term used by Iranian authorities) currently residing in Iraq. This request was detailed in the English edition of the daily Kayhan.
In a meeting with Faiq Zeidan, President of the Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council, the two sides reviewed the ongoing implementation of mutual agreements on judicial cooperation. Gharibabadi underlined Iran's determination to prosecute groups designated as "terrorists" currently operating in Iraq and praised the Iraqi judiciary for its existing cooperation with Iran in this regard.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein recently announced that Kurdish militants near the Iranian border have surrendered their heavy weapons. He also announced plans to relocate these militants and their families to five designated camps in Iraq's Kurdistan region.
Underscoring Iraq's commitment to its security pact with Iran, Hussein confirmed that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has issued the necessary protocols per the agreement between Baghdad and Tehran.
Last March, Iran and Iraq finalized a security agreement. As part of this pact, the Iraqi government had promised to disarm the armed groups in the Kurdistan region by September 19 and then relocate them from their military bases to camps supervised by the Baghdad administration.
On Sunday, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Muhammad Reza Ashtiani made it clear that Tehran would not extend the deadline set for Iraq to demobilize Kurdish separatist groups near the Iranian border. He also warned Baghdad of possible decisive action on the issue.
Recent reports from Iraqi media sources indicate that Iraqi border patrols have successfully taken control of a specific section of the Kurdistan region's border with Iran, driving out the factions after intense skirmishes.