Top Commander: Referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan Region not acceptable to Iran, Turkey

FNA- Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri underlined that Tehran and Ankara don’t recognize the results of the recent independence referendum in the Iraqi Kurdistan region, and added that the two countries will increase their military cooperation.

General Baqeri made the remarks after meeting with his Turkish counterpart General Hulusi Akar in Tehran on Monday.

“During the meeting, we held talks on common threats against the two countries and different regional issues, including the referendum in the Iraqi Kurdistan region, and the two countries had identical views about emphasis on Iraq’s unity and territorial integrity and defying this referendum,” General Baqeri told reporters.

Noting that they have also discussed the recent Iraqi and Syrian armies’ victories against the terrorist groups, he said, “We also negotiated and made important decisions about fighting terrorism in the region and the security of common borders.”

“The Armed Forces of the two countries will have more extensive cooperation in the fields of training, presence in each other’s wargames and establishment of security at the borders from now on,” General Baqeri said.

General Baqeri paid a three-day trip to Turkey in August.

During the visit, the Iranian officials discussed the most important regional developments, fighting against terrorism and border cooperation with their Turkish counterparts.

The chiefs of staff of the Iranian and Turkish armed forces also agreed to strengthen bilateral and regional security cooperation.

General Baqeri also met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss regional developments and bilateral ties.

Before meeting Erdogan, General Baqeri had met Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli.