Erdogan, Iran present common front after Iraq Kurd referendum

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05 October, 2017

The Turkish President is visiting Iran at the invitation of Rouhani and against the backdrop of the recent Iraqi Kurdistan controversial independence referendum, a source of concern for both neighbours.

Noting that today westerners along with the Zionist regime have written a new prescription for the region, he said that the U.S. and Israel have taken the new strategy of splitting regional states on agenda after ISIS scenario failed, but Iran and Turkey as the two major regional players will never allow a new scenario to come true, IRNA reported.

"Iran and Turkey should take every possible measure against the move and the Iraqi government, too, should make decisions and take serious action", Khamenei added.

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

"From the point of view of Iran and Turkey, Iraq and Syria are indivisible and independent entities, and we do not accept border changes", Rouhani said.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) held a non-binding referendum on September 25 on secession from the central government in Baghdad in defiance of Iraq's stiff opposition.

Erdogan also said the goal of tripling the Turkish-Iranian trade remained on the agenda and the two countries would conduct trade in their own currencies to limit foreign exchange pressures.

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Iran and Turkey will work together to confront the disintegration of Iraq and Syria to ease tension in the crisis-hit region, Rouhani said after meeting with Erdo─čan in Tehran.

But for the first time since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Turkey's military chief of staff General Hulusi Akar visited Iran on Monday, signaling closer cooperation with an old regional rival.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that his country was exercising a policy of non-interference and using cautious rhetoric after the independence referendum in Kurdistan in order not to explode the situation in the region.

"It was the people who determined their future in the referendum", he said.

Erdogan was accompanied by a high-ranking delegation comprising ministers of economy, energy, customs and culture, as well as Turkish investors and business leaders.

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

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