Iraqi Kurdistan referendum, illegitimate: Pre. Erdogan

The vote was strongly opposed by the central government in Baghdad, Iran, Turkey and other countries including the United States. Under presidency of two countries, fourth meeting of Turkish-Iranian high-level co-operation Council will be held.

Both Iran and Turkey have taken counter measures to the Kurds' move and will adopt further measures, he warned. "As we have repeatedly stated we will never be the first party to violate the agreement", said the President adding that the Islamic Republic of Iran is fully committed to the nuclear accord.

The spokesman of Iran's foreign ministry, Bahram Ghasemi has said on Wednesday that Iran and Turkey are drawing ever closer in the wake of the Iraqi Kurdish referendum on independence.

President Rouhani described Iran and Turkey as the anchors of stability in the Middle East and stressed that the two countries have made important decisions to develop economic relations and rise the trade exchange to $30 billion annually.

Turkey and Iran have already joined Baghdad in warning the KRG that it faces having economic sanctions imposed on the region under its control. According to the plan, the trio is expected to send 500 observers each to Idlib to monitor the de-escalation deal, and the Russian ones will be military police, the Russian negotiator said after the meeting.

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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.

Erdogan vowed on Saturday that Iraqi Kurdistan "will pay a price" for the "unacceptable" referendum. "During this process, our respective ministers, security forces and intelligence organizations are carrying out all kinds of work in the region", Erdoğan said.

Erdogan is also scheduled to meet Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during his visit to the country.

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".

Both presidents drew particular attention to the regional developments in Iraq after the KRG independence referendum on September 25, both asserting that the referendum was illegitimate and null and that Iraq's territorial integrity is important for regional stability.

  • Sonia Alvarado