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Turkey to Impose Further Sanctions on Iraqi Kurdistan

05 October 2017, 12:34 | Colleen Roy

Visiting Chief of the General Staff of Turkey Hulusi Akar said Ankara and Tehran can control and annihilate terrorism

Visiting Chief of the General Staff of Turkey Hulusi Akar said Ankara and Tehran can control and annihilate terrorism

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Monday stressed the need to bolster central governments in Syria and Iraq, saying that any change in geographical borders would cause insecurity and instability to spread across the region.

These measures could increase if the government of Erbil does not rectify its independence, Erdogan said.

Shamkhani also stressed the need for coordinated efforts among Tehran, Baghdad and Ankara to manage developments and prevent the negative effect of the independence vote on the fight against terrorism in Iraq. "No one has recognised them apart from Israel".

"The referendum in Iraq's Kurdistan is a sectarian plot by foreign countries and is rejected by Tehran and Ankara", Rouhani said, according to state TV.

The other cooperation documents were inked by the national broadcasters of the two countries, as well as the National Library of Iran and the Archives of the Turkish Prime Minister's Office.

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.

Rouhani also said that Tehran and Ankara planned to expand economic ties. "Meetings will be held next week to discuss the details", he said.

Baghdad already has imposed sanctions on Kurdish banks and halted foreign currency transfers to the region, and a flight ban has halted all worldwide flights from servicing the Iraqi Kurdish territory's airports.

The two countries, which enjoy a trade volume of about 11 billion US dollars per year, aim to raise the figure to 30 billion in the future. In return, Baqeri's Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar arrived in Iran for security talks on Sunday, days ahead of Erdogan's high-profile visit.

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

"The referendum in Kurdistan was against the Iraqi constitution, which does not help the people of Kurdistan, and is not justifiable for Iraq's security", Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

In response, the Kurdish government's spokesperson, Safeen Dizayee, said that "the referendum on independence for the Kurdistan region was constitutional and it is not within the powers of the Kurdish leadership or government to cancel the results".

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on October 4 that Moscow would not interfere in the Kurdish referendum issue.

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