Khamenei says Iran, Turkey must take measures against Kurdish secession


Gen. Akar is also expected to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during his visit Monday, which comes days before Turkish President President Recep Tayyip Erdogan travels to Tehrani. "Meetings will be held next week to discuss the details", he said. There is no agreement between Iran and Turkey on military exercises.

At a joint news conference, Rouhani said "We will not accept changing borders in the region".

Speaking about developments in war-torn Syria, Erdogan stressed the importance of the Astana talks, which are being conducted by Iran, Turkey and Russian Federation, in order to keep their fight against Jabhat Fateh al Sham and Daesh.

Mr Rouhani also said that Tehran and Ankara are planning to expand their economic ties.

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.

One of these developments is the referendum in favour of independence in northern Iraq held by the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG).

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Last week, the Iranian Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) staged joint military drills along the country's western border areas. Erdoğan said, criticizing the KRG administration for holding the vote despite opposition from the worldwide community. No country in the world apart from Israel recognizes it. "A decision made with Mossad can not be legitimate", he said.

Mr Erdogan said Ankara was considering taking further measures against Iraqi Kurdistan.

Erdogan is accompanied by a high-ranking delegation of four Turkish cabinet ministers of economy, energy, customs and culture as well as Turkish investors and business owners.

Erdoğan arrived in Tehran earlier in the day and he was welcomed at Mehrabad Airport by Iranian Industry, Minerals and Trade Minister Mohammad Shariat Madar, along with Turkish ambassador to Tehran Rıza Hakan Tekin and Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, who arrived in Tehran on Sunday for bilateral talks with his Iranian counterpart.

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".