“Iran appoints a war criminal and (one of the) world’s wanted men as its envoy in Iraq and demands closing the Saudi consulate in Erbil,” Sabhan said on Twitter, adding, “We didn’t hear any Iraqi comment! True comprehensive sovereignty!”
Recently, Tehran appointed Brigadier Iraj Masjadi, an advisor to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ elite Quds Force.
Meanwhile, Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government rejected statements by an Iranian Basdar Army official calling on the government of the Kurdistan region to close the Saudi consulate in Erbil, considering this demand as an interference in the internal affairs of Iraq and the Kurdistan region.
The Kurdistan Regional Government said in a statement on Sunday, that “the presence and composition of consulates and diplomatic missions of the countries in the Kurdistan region are subject to the laws in Iraq and the Kurdistan region, and that their activities are in this framework and within these laws and no one has the right to demand the closure of any consulate in the Kurdistan region.”
This is not the first statement issued by officials of the Iranian Basdar Army about the Kurdistan Regional Government, they explained, and is an unwarranted interference in the internal affairs of Iraq and the Kurdistan region.
Kurdistan Regional Government stressed that the Kurdistan region is always working to establish friendly relations with neighboring countries, and all the countries of the world, and and that they hope for Iran to take a serious stand towards these statements, and make sure that they do not recur.
On January 16, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) published an article about Iraj Masjedi, Senior adviser to Qassem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC terrorist Quds Force, who has recently been appointed as Iranian regime’s ambassador in Iraq, and who said Mosul, Lebanon, Aleppo and Syria is the regime’s frontline.
IRGC Brigadier General Iraj Masjedi, who was speaking on the anniversary of the killing of another Pasdar (IRGC Revolutionary Guard) in Syria, said, “Yesterday the frontline of our fighters was Abadan, Khorramshahr, Mehran and… and now the frontline is Mosul, Lebanon, Aleppo and Syria,” according to state-run Mehr news agency on January 13. In June 2016, he had said that fighting in Syria and Iran means defending Iran’s borders.
Pasdar Masjedi is one of the most senior and oldest commanders of the terrorist Quds Quds Force, and his responsibility was mainly to facilitate the regime’s attacks in Iraq, in which he has played the main role. In recent years, his mission was to prepare and provide mercenaries forces before dispatching them to Syria.
Masjedi was the head of Ramadan Base and he was in charge of preparing plans for training Iraqi militias in September 2007. Commandment of Ramadan base has been and is the main position of Iranian regime in Iraq.
Also the responsibility of Iraj Masjedi in Iraq, is to dispatch Iraqi militants to Syria. On a mid-June 2015 trip to Iraq, Pasdar Masjedi, during a meeting with the terrorist groups and militias affiliated to Iran regime, set a quota for each for each group to send troops to Syria before the start of Ramadan, and to dispatch 4 to 5 thousand Iraqi militants to Syria. This project was carried out after the regime suffered heavy human casualties and losses in Syria.
In another NCRI article, on January 12, they wrote that when Iran regime announced Brigadier General Iraj Masjedi, adviser of Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the terrorist Qods Force was appointed the new ambassador of the Iranian regime in Iraq,
the state run website Asr-e Iran wrote, “The Iranian regime’s embassy in Baghdad, is one of the strategic positions abroad and is considered and its ambassador is of the utmost importance.”
Asr-e Iran added, “Iran’s incumbent ambassador to Baghdad Hassan Danaifar’s six-year mission will end soon and he will be replaced by Masjedi.