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Iran's leader warns implications of controversial vote in Iraq

05 October 2017, 12:35 | Katrina Lee

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The Iranian President said that Tehran and Ankara reject the independence referendum in Iraq's Kurdistan.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for "more decisive action" in response to the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG)'s attempt to split from Iraq, as he joined his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in renewing their opposition to the redrawing of the Iraqi borders. "Turkey, Iran, and Iraq have no choice but to take serious and necessary measures to protect their strategic goals in the region".

General Hatami referred to longstanding friendship between Iran and Turkey and the two nations' historic, religious and cultural commonalities, saying that Turkey enjoys a special status in Iran's foreign, defense and security policies. "We have taken some measures already with Iran and the Iraqi central government, but stronger steps will be taken", he said.

All countries in the region showed their support for Iraq's territorial unity and the Iraqi government over fears that the independence of one part of the country will generate sectarian clashes and feed new domestic armed conflicts.

Speaking at a meeting with Akar in Tehran, Shamkhani said the KRG's approach to hold the independence vote was "irresponsible and amateur".

The atmosphere for the talks was a far cry from Erdogan's last visit to Tehran in April 2015 when a speech he gave just days before sparked demands from some Iranian lawmakers for it to be cancelled.

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

He added that 'any incident taking place in Syria and Iraq is not independent from us, they are directly related to our domestic affairs'.

Erdoğan said the referendum had no legitimacy and had only been recognized by Israeli regime.

Erdogan's lawyer, who was present at the case, said that justice had been served.

Meanwhile, Iraqi prime minister Haider Al Abadi headed to France on Wednesday to hold talks with French president Emmanuel Macron on terrorism and bilateral relations.

The United States opposed the referendum as a destabilizing move at a time when all sides in the region are still fighting Islamic State.



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