Erdogan in Iran for key meetings

Erdogan in Iran for key meetings

Erdogan in Iran for key meetings

Ghasemi also says that the goal of Erdogan's trip is not only discussions on bilateral relations, but also about regional issues, including the Kurdish referendum.

Iran, Turkey and Iraq will have to achieve their "strategic objectives" in the region by taking "serious and necessary" measures, he added.

Iran and Turkey also both share sympathy with Qatar in a diplomatic crisis that erupted between the Gulf emirate and its neighbours in June.

The Kurds are the region's fourth-largest ethnic group, spread across Iran, Turkey, Syria and Iraq, all of which oppose any moves toward a Kurdish state.

It is not excluded that the main point of negotiations between Iran and Turkey during the meeting of Presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hassan Rouhani will be further steps with regards to Erbil, said Coskun.

Those exercises have also involved forces of the federal government in Baghdad, which has demanded the annulment of the vote which returned a 92.7 percent "yes" for independence.

Akar's visit followed a trip by Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri to Turkey in mid-August.

Rouhani also said that Tehran and Ankara planned to expand economic ties.

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The illegitimate referendum continues to face sharp opposition from most regional and global actors, many of whom warn that the poll would distract from Iraq's ongoing fight against terrorism and further destabilize the already-volatile region.

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

Last week, the Iranian Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) staged joint military drills along the country's western border areas.

Erdoğan said the referendum had no legitimacy and had only been recognized by Israeli regime.

Besides, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani on Monday slammed the independence referendum by the Kurds, saying the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) adopted an "irresponsible and amateurish approach".

Meanwhile, Iraqi prime minister Haider Al Abadi headed to France on Wednesday to hold talks with French president Emmanuel Macron on terrorism and bilateral relations.

Washington is also vehemently opposed to the Kurdish referendum, with the White House claiming it would derail the campaign to drive Islamic State out of the country.

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