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Iran talks broader ties with Turkey in meeting with army chief

By Rudaw 3/10/2017
Photo: IRNA
Photo: IRNA

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says that continued cooperation between Tehran and Ankara in several fields, notably military, will secure the region’s stability and eliminate threats.


After receiving Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar at the presidential palace in Tehran on Monday,  Rouhani said: "today the countries are having satisfactory political, economic and international relations; we should try to broaden our military and defense relations in pace with other areas as well,'  Iranian Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported.


Rouhani said change in the region’s boundaries would harm stability of the region.


Rouhani added Ankara and Tehran “as two important and influential countries in stabilizing the region can play a more effective role in settlement of regional problems and crises."


This visit by Turkey’s military chief comes a week after the Kurdistan Region voted overwhelmingly for independence in a referendum and prior to an expected visit by the Turkish president to Iran.


For his part, according to Turkish Anadolu Agency, Akar has said that “Turkey and Iran, as two important and powerful countries of the region, will play an important role in the region's stability and peace with improving cooperation.”


Akar added that Turkey works to preserve the territorial integrity of Iraq.


Turkish and Iranian armies have already launched joint military drills with Iraq on the Turkey, Iran and KRG borders, a few days after the referendum was held.


Kurdish leaders for their part remain steadfast that the results of the referendum are nonnegotiable but that they are willing to enter peaceful dialogue with Baghdad over all disputes and future relations.

Comments

 
vatan seven | 3/10/2017
i think both Turkey and Iran Knows if they attach Erbil then Kurds from both sides, 20 million in turkey and 7 million in Iran will attach them from inside and that mean they will be exactly same as other country like Syria and Irak, Afganistan, Yemen, Libya.... Kaddafi was strong same as Saddam and Assad but look were are they?? dont trust you power! inside local power much powerful then USA AND Rassia.
xGen | 3/10/2017
Why Kurdish media (including Rudaw) still have a 'tone' that indicates the possibility of friendship between Kurds and Turkey? Erdogan and Turkey collectively insulted KRG countless times yet we are still assuming we could be friends with them? Turkey is literally plotting against KRG and this article is proving that. Why is KRG appeasing to Turkey and still blocks the border with Rojava is beyond me. We don't have a country because we are turn to strangers instead of our brothers and sisters. Sadly, history is not kind to those who repeat the same mistakes.
Mohamedzzz | 4/10/2017
@xGen:the reason is inferiority complex that Turkey inseminated last 100 years in the hearts of Kurdish people
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