Iranian-Turkish Military Cooperation to Respond to Kurdish Referendum

Cheryl Sanders
October 4, 2017

The Turkish army chief, for his part, stressed his country's strong support to unity and territorial integrity of Syria and Iraq, saying that Turkey does not recognize any changes in geographical borders.

Iranian government spokesperson, Mohammadbaqer Nowbakht has said that the Turkish president during his visit to Tehran will discuss implementation of deals earlier reached between the two countries, IRNA news agency reported.

"We held talks on the common threats [Iran and Turkey], and also on the referendum in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region with an emphasis on the maintenance of Iraq's integrity and rejection of the referendum", Gen. Baqeri told reporters Monday in Tehran.

A convergence has evolved between Ankara, Tehran and the Iraqi central government following last week's illegitimate poll in KRG-controlled areas as well as disputed territories such as Kirkuk amid fears that the vote may lead to greater instability in the region and disrupt war with Daesh.

The Turkish president is scheduled to attend the fourth round of strategic meetings between Iran and Turkey in Tehran, and to discuss the latest regional developments and the status of bilateral ties with Iranian officials.

Turkey and Iran are not on the same page over conflicts in Iraq and Syria but the changing dynamics on the ground in recent months have prompted Ankara to inch closer to Russian Federation and the Islamic Republic.

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.

Baqeri had paid a visit to Ankara in August, the first of its kind by an Iranian chief of staff since 1979.

Furthermore, they addressed increasing cooperation between the Turkish and Iranian militaries, which could include joint drills and the exchange of expertise.

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