Published: Thu, October 05, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Turkey, Iran to act together on Iraq issue

Turkey, Iran to act together on Iraq issue

Ahead of the vote in Iraq, Iran's army and powerful Revolutionary Guard launched a military exercise in Iran's northwestern Kurdish region.

"A decision made at the table with Mossad is not legitimate, it is illegitimate".

According to results announced by the KRG, nearly 93 percent of registered voters cast ballots in favour of independence.

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

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

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Iran and Turkey have threatened to join Baghdad in imposing economic sanctions on Iraqi Kurdistan, as the country leaders Hasan Rouhani and Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to support not changing Iraq's borders.

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.

"As you know, there are steps we, both Turkey and Iran, have taken on the matter".

Erdoğan said the de-escalation zones in Syria, establish under guarantee of Turkey, Iran and Russian Federation, are of importance for Turkey, as they would help liberate civilians from terrorist groups such as Daesh.

"We have expressed that we do not recognize the illegitimate referendum by the Kurdistan Regional Government. But there are more severe steps we will take in the upcoming period". "The independence referendum in Iraq's Kurdistan is a sectarian plot by foreign countries and is rejected by both Tehran and Ankara", Rouhani told to journalists.

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Both presidents said cooperation against terrorism will be strengthened between Iran and Turkey and terrorism will not be allowed in the region.

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

Lavrov said Moscow's daily practical cooperation with Ankara and Tehran at all levels illustrates that "Turkey and Iran play, in the full sense of the word, the key role in terms of stabilizing the situation in Syria and Iraq", TASS reported.

The three guarantor states, as well as representatives of the Damascus-based Bashar al-Assad regime and some opposition factions, met in Astana in September for a sixth round of talks aimed at ending the six-year conflict.

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