Turkey, Iran to act together on Iraq issue

Thursday, 05 Oct, 2017

"The two countries favour no change in the geographical boundaries, territorial integrity of countries as well as the stability and security of the region", said Rouhani adding that in the case of Syria, tripartite talks with Russian Federation will take place within the framework of the Astana talks, and in the case of Iraq, tripartite negotiations between the two countries and the central government of Iraq will continue. "Meetings will be held to discuss the details", he said.

The Turkish top commander, for his part, stressed the need to support the central government in Iraq and preserve the integrity of the Arab country.

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.

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.

Mr Erdogan said on Saturday that Iraqi Kurdistan "will pay a price" for the "unacceptable" referendum.

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

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Baghdad already has imposed sanctions on Kurdish banks and halted foreign currency transfers to the region, and a flight ban has halted all worldwide flights from servicing the Iraqi Kurdish territory's airports. "During this process, our respective ministers, security forces and intelligence organizations are carrying out all kinds of work in the region", Erdoğan said. He also said that his country never harmed Kurdish population. Turkey had already shut down its border with Iraqi Kurdistan.

Iraq was the biggest crude oil exporter to Turkey in last three years, however in the January to July 2017 period, Iraq's crude oil exports to Turkey decreased 20.5 percent from 5.4 million tons to 4.3 million tons.

The vote set off alarm bells in Baghdad, where the government has said it is determined to prevent a breakup of the country, Baghdad's central government requested the KRG to "cancel" the results of the vote and to "abide" by the constitution and "retreat" from the Kurdistan areas outside of the KRG's administration.

Erdogan is also scheduled to meet Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during his visit to the country.

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 and many Western countries have also opposed the referendum saying it would hamper the fight against the Islamic State group.