Erdogan and Rouhani United against Kurdish Referendum

Iran-Turkey Border Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Iran-Turkey Border Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The Presidents of Turkey and Iran have been united against the Kurdish referendum in Iraq held on 25 September.

The Turkish President Erdogan has visited Iran, a first such visit of any Turkish President after the Iranian Islamic revolution in 1979, to hold bilateral talks with the Iranian President and the Supreme Leader.

Turkish military chief of staff General Halusi Akar also joined the President in Iran tour signaling closer ties with the former regional rival. He followed his Iranian counterpart who visited Ankara in August.

“From this moment forward, more decisive steps will be taken,” the Turkish President Erdogan told in a media appearance in Tehran with his Iranian counterpart Rouhani.

“It was an illegitimate referendum, and we don’t accept it. What referendum were they carrying out? No one has recognized them apart from Israel,” Erdogan told the press indicating the Israeli involvement in the Kurdish referendum.

He warned that Kurdish leaders cannot legitimize the referendum by befriending Mossad, the Israeli spy agency.

The United Nations and the United States also urged the Kurdish leaders not to hold the referendum. They expressed concerns this vote would weaken operations against Daesh and Syrian civil war.

In his Iran tour, the Turkish President has announced an agreement that the two countries will increase between them from $10 bn to $30 bn. 

Mr. Rouhani, the Iranian President echoed his opposition to Kurdish referendum but he said he “does not mean any harm.”

This Iranian leader declared, “As far as we are concerned, Iraq is one single country. We do not accept any geographical changes.”

He also supported Erdogan’s indication to Mossad that this referendum was a “foreign sectarian plot”.

“But the people of Iraqi Kurdistan are our good neighbors, are our dear brothers. We do not want them to experience any pressure, we do not wish to exert this pressure.”

In his Iran tour, the Turkish President has announced an agreement that the two countries will increase between them from $10 bn to $30 bn.


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