Turkey, Iran to act together on Iraq issue

Turkey, Iran to act together on Iraq issue

Turkey, Iran to act together on Iraq issue

Iran and Turkey will work together to confront the disintegration of Iraq and Syria to ease tension in the crisis-hit region, Rouhani said after meeting with Erdoğan in Tehran.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani and his visiting Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday rejected the recent independence referendum results in Iraqi Kurdistan as "unacceptable".

"America and Israel benefit from the vote".

"Turkey and Iran must take necessary measures against the vote. and Baghdad should make serious decisions. serious and rapid decisions must be taken", Khamenei was quoted as saying.

"Iraqi forces are dressed in black and there is a large number of Iranian forces", said Shwan Abu Bakr, the customs chief at the Bashmakh border post between Iraq's Kurdish region and Iran.

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It may be noted that on 25th September, in a referendum, around 93 percent of Iraqi Kurds voted in favour of leaving Iraq.

"Whatever name they give to it, we will fight against terrorism".

The United States opposed the referendum as a destabilizing move at a time when all sides in the region are still fighting Islamic State. The US, meanwhile, had opposed the vote, calling it provocative and destabilizing.

Turkey and Iran are both part of the Astana process to reduce violence in Syria, along with Russian Federation.

In the meantime, Iran's foreign minister on Monday criticized Kurds secession efforts and called for talks between the Iraqi government and the Kurdish authorities to settle their disputes politically, Press TV reported.

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Iran has ordered a halt to all trade in fuel products with Iraqi Kurdistan and has said it will allow Iraqi federal forces to deploy at its border crossings with the region.

Turkey threatened to close its land border and halt the export of oil from Iraqi Kurdistan to the Turkish port of Ceyhan, an economic lifeline.

Since 1984, Turkey has battled rebels of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) which has rear bases in northern Iraq and which initially sought to create a breakaway state.

A convergence has evolved between Ankara, Tehran and the Iraqi central government following last week's illegitimate poll in KRG-controlled areas as well as disputed territories such as Kirkuk amid fears that the consequences of the vote may lead to greater instability in the region and disrupt war with Daesh.

The president stated: "Iran and Turkey do not accept separatism and the escalation of ethnic and religious disagreements designed by conspirators and foreigners for our region, and from the point of view of the two countries, Iraq and Syria are integrated countries and we will not accept changing the geographical boundaries under any condition".

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