Erdogan in Iran for key meetings


During his day-long official visit, Erdogan will meet his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to discuss boosting bilateral relations as well as regional and global issues, Xinhua news agency reported.

"We have taken some measures already with Iran and the Iraqi central government, but stronger steps will be taken", he said.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is seen with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a welcoming ceremony in Tehran, Iran, October 4, 2017.

Erdoğan will also meet with Iran's top authority, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei while there.

Akar said Iran, Iraq and Turkey will prevent the implementation of separatist plans in the region through joint efforts.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pointed out the role of Israeli intelligence agency Mossad in the recently-held illegitimate referendum in northern Iraq. 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.

The military drills, contributed by some forces of the Iraqi Army, is conducted near the Parviz Khan border post in western Iran.

Turkey and Iran both have a sizeable Kurdish community and fear last week's vote will encourage their own Kurdish populations to do the same.

Against the backdrop of growing concerns over the Kurdish issue, Turkey and Iran have reportedly discussed possible joint military action against Kurdish militant groups.

Iraqi Prime Minster Haider al-Abadi ordered all airspace above Iraqi Kurdistan closed to commercial air traffic, until Masoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Regional Government or KRG, hands over control of the regions airports to Baghdad.

Iranian armed forces spokesman Masoud Jazayeri said the decision to carry out the drills followed a high-level meeting of Iranian commanders where "the territorial integrity and unity of Iraq and the illegitimacy of the independence referendum in northern Iraq were stressed again".

Military and civilian officials appear concerned about the outcome of the Kurdish referendum held in Iraq on September 25.

He also said the United States and foreign powers planned to create a new Israel in the Middle East by supporting the vote in Kurdistan, according to state TV.