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Iraqi Kurdistan referendum, illegitimate: Pre. Erdogan


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Teheran on October 4.

He did not say what specific steps Ankara would take, although Ankara had earlier threatened to shut down its border with the KRG. "What referendum were they carrying out?" At a joint news conference with Rouhani, Turkish President repeated that the plebiscite had no legitimacy and had only been recognized by Israel. "We correspond with the central government in Iraq and as far as we are concerned, this referendum is illegitimate".

"Had these putschists succeeded that night in the attack against our president, history would have changed, we would be living in a different Turkey now", Huseyin Aydin told Reuters.

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

Iran and Turkey, along with Russian Federation, are mediating a peace process aimed at ending the deadly crisis plaguing Syria for years.

The two presidents also talked about the region, particularly the September 25 poll in Iraq's Kurdistan on secession, which has dominated the political landscape of West Asia in recent weeks.


The United Nations and the U.S., have also opposed the Kurdish vote, saying it would distract operations against ISIL, as well as the civil war in Syria.

Both Iran and Turkey have held military manoeuvres close to their borders with Iraqi Kurdistan to ratchet up the pressure on Kurdish leaders.

"Turkey will import more gas from Iran".

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.

In August, Akar's Iranian counterpart Mohammed Hussein Bagheri became the first ever top Iranian military official to visit Ankara since 1979.

He stressed the importance of "protecting national security" for Iran and Turkey, adding that "no country takes its national security lightly and would allow emotions of others to create mayhem...".

Erdogan and Rouhani will also preside over the fifth meeting of the Turkey-Iran High Level Strategic Cooperation Council in Tehran.

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