Iran, Turkey agree to work together to ease tension in Middle East

Visiting Chief of the General Staff of Turkey Hulusi Akar said Ankara and Tehran can control and annihilate terrorism

Visiting Chief of the General Staff of Turkey Hulusi Akar said Ankara and Tehran can control and annihilate terrorism

Ayatollah Khamenei further termed the development as an "incident", adding that Iran and Turkey must take any possible measures to confront with the incident.

Erdoğan added that Turkey sees the central government in Baghdad as the only legitimate authority in Iraq and that Ankara will continue to intensify measures against KRG. But both have been alarmed by the Iraqi Kurds' vote for independence last month, fearing it will stoke separatism among their own Kurdish populations. "Our determination in this regard is clear". Both expressed their willingness to work together and with the government of Baghdad, which deemed the vote "illegal". "A referendum which was conducted by sitting side by side with Mossad has no legitimacy", he said, referring to the Israeli intelligence agency. 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.

"Turkey will import more gas from Iran". Under presidency of two countries, fourth meeting of Turkish-Iranian high-level co-operation Council will be held. The two countries have held military manoeuvres close to their borders with Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region in recent days to ratchet up the pressure on Kurdish leaders.

Those exercises have also involved forces of the federal government in Baghdad, which demands the annulment of the 25 September vote.

"We do not accept disintegration of the states in the region".

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. Turkey had already shut down its border with Iraqi Kurdistan.

Erdogan, whose security forces have been embroiled in a decades-long battle with Kurdish separatists in southeast Turkey, repeated his accusation that Israel was behind the Iraqi Kurds' referendum.

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 independence referendum was opposed by many countries because it would threaten the integrity of Iraq and it could undermine fight against Islamic State militants.

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