Amid shared fears, Erdogan, Rouhani unite against Kurdish independence

Turkey's Chief of General Staff, Iranian counterpart highlight common stance amid regional threats

Turkey's Chief of General Staff, Iranian counterpart highlight common stance amid regional threats

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is seen with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a welcoming ceremony in Tehran, Iran, October 4, 2017.

Iraq's neighbours Iran and Turkey strongly oppose the referendum, as both have their own Kurdish minorities and fear the vote will stoke separatist aspirations at home.

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.

"Co-operation between Iran, Turkey and Iraq can create stability and security in the region and block moves for secession", Iranian defence minister Gen Amir Hatami said as he held talks with Gen Akar on Tuesday.

Turkey will take stronger steps in retaliation for the Iraqi Kurdish referendum last week, having already taken some measures in coordination with the Iraqi central government and Iran, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday.

He was preceded in Tehran by Turkish armed forces chief of staff General Hulusi Akar, who arrived on Sunday.

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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". Putin, speaking during an energy forum in Moscow, also said that it was in no-one's interest to cut off oil supplies from Iraq's Kurdistan. Iran said it will allow Iraqi federal forces to deploy at its border crossings with the region.

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

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".

Emphasising joint fight in Syria against ISIL and al-Nusra Front, Erdoğan said: "I am sure that as the result of this fight, we will help the oppressed Syrian people and common efforts to defend all the oppressed people of the world is our duty".

The two presidents are expected to discuss the Syrian crisis and the situation in Iraq, including the "independence referendum" held in the Kurdish autonomy of Iraq.

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