Erdogan in Iran for key meetings

Saul Bowman
October 5, 2017

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran and Ankara have made major decisions to boost bilateral cooperation, especially by achieving their declared trade target of $30 billion.

Speaking at a meeting with visiting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran, he said that the recent referendum threatens the future of the region, the supreme leader's official news website reported.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to arrive in Tehran on Wednesday.

Both Iran and Turkey opposed the referendum last week, and have sent troops to their borders with the Iraqi Kurdish region.

Hatami also voiced Iran's 12nd government's support for military and security cooperation between the two counties, especially in the sphere of fighting terrorism, hoping that the increasing trend of mutual collaboration will strengthen the two countries' stability and security.

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.

"Words don't mean anything here as we didn't have chance to a fair trial", said another defendant, Gokhan Sen.


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.

As the Iraq war unfolded in 2003, and later the crisis in Syria, Turkey grew concerned over American support to Iraqi Kurds.

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.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that his country was exercising a policy of non-interference and using cautious rhetoric after the independence referendum in Kurdistan in order not to explode the situation in the region.

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

The Turkish president was accompanied on the trip by a number of high-ranking ministers.

The independence referendum was opposed by many countries because it would threaten the integrity of Iraq and it could undermine fight against Islamic State militants.

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