Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman strongly condemned anti-Iranian remarks made by German Foreign Minister Annalena Bierbock during her visit to Iraqi capital Baghdad, saying the remarks were aimed at damaging Tehran-Baghdad relations.
Nasser Kanani made the comments on Wednesday, a day after Bierbock accused Iran of threatening the “stability” of the region with its missile attacks, particularly on Iraqi territory.
Kanani said the German foreign minister should apologize for his government’s past “shameful behavior” towards both countries, instead of trying to cover up Germany’s history of crimes by making “baseless” claims against the Islamic Republic.
Germany, which supported Saddam Hussein’s regime during its eight-year war against Iran, said that Berlin supplied the Ba’athist regime with chemical weapons for use against defenseless Iranian and Iraqi soldiers and civilians.
“Unfortunately, a significant number of terrorists and armed separatist groups, who have the blood of Iranian and Iraqi citizens on their hands, have now found refuge in Germany,” Kanani recalled Iran’s undeniable role in supporting Iraq’s territorial integrity. Said while comforting. Unity.
On Tuesday, Bierbock called on Iran to halt its missile attacks on Iraqi territory, claiming that the attacks put both civilians and regional stability at risk.
“This is unacceptable and dangerous for the entire region,” she told a news conference with her Iraqi counterpart.
In November last year, Iran targeted targets of militant groups operating near the country’s western borders in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
The attacks came amid reports that militants are trying to incite riots and unrest in Iran’s western border cities.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman also noted that Bayerbok’s anti-Iranian remarks show that Berlin still supports armed terrorists and separatists against the Islamic Republic and makes futile efforts to harm relations between the two neighbors.
Kanani also emphasized that regional nations will never forget how some Western states, including Germany, have waged wars and supported dictators waging wars throughout the region.
Iran has warned local authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan on several occasions that it will not tolerate the presence and activity of terrorist groups along its northwestern borders, adding that the country will give a decisive response to areas that the Islamic Republic harbors terrorists. become the center.
In May 2022, the IRGC attacked and destroyed bases of terrorist groups operating near the country’s western borders in Erbil, the northern Kurdish regional capital of Iraq.
Also in September 2021, the IRGC launched an attack in northern Iraq, where it destroyed four targets belonging to hostile groups.