Iran Urges Iraqi Kurdish Leaders to Fix Mistakes

Iran Urges Iraqi Kurdish Leaders to Fix Mistakes

The Turkish president said Iraq was the primary topic of discussion during his meeting with Rouhani.

Those exercises have also involved forces of the federal government in Baghdad, which has demanded the annulment of the September 25 vote, which returned a 92.7 percent majority for independence. Under presidency of two countries, fourth meeting of Turkish-Iranian high-level co-operation Council will be held. "We correspond with the central government in Iraq and as far as we are concerned, this referendum is illegitimate".

He continued: "We also discussed a tripartite mechanism for Syria, and Iran, Russia and Turkey have started the process of negotiations in Astana, and we have taken steps within that framework".

Turkey, Iran, Iraq and other regional powers are opposed to an independent Kurdish state in the northern Iraqi autonomous region.

The visiting Chief of the General Staff of Turkey Hulusi Akar and Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri called for the boost of ties and the reinforcement of security cooperation.

Slamming the decision to hold a referendum, Mr. Erdogan said that there is no legality of the referendum and rejected it.

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Fortunately, today the problems of the region are declining and that terrorist groups operating in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon have been weakened so much, said Rouhani continuing: "We must all work together and join hands to combat terrorism, because it is a threat to the whole world". He also said that his country never harmed Kurdish population.

Israel has denied Turkey's previous claims of involvement in the vote, but has welcomed the Kurds' vote for independence.

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

In the same time-frame, the amount imported from Iraq dropped by 20%, as Iran replaces Iraq as the top supplier to Turkey. Turkey had already shut down its border with Iraqi Kurdistan. President Erdogan will meet with Iranian religious leader Ali Khamenei and President Hasan spiritual.

He asserted that the referendum was a Zionist plot that benefits the United States.