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Turkey to Impose Further Sanctions on Iraqi Kurdistan

05 October 2017

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to visit Tehran on October 4, and is expected to discuss the war in Syria, regional security, the role of the West, as well as the outcome of last week's Kurdish referendum in Iraq. "Turkey, Iran, and Iraq have no choice but to take serious and necessary measures to protect their strategic goals in the region".

Fearing Kurdish separatism within their own borders, Iran and Turkey have launched joint military exercises with Iraqi troops at their borders with the region.

The Iranian defense minister said those behind Iraq's partition must know that they are certainly playing in the hands of the United States and the Israeli regime "because regional countries need peace, security and stability and any move contrary to regional people's demands is doomed to failure".

The judge read out guilty verdicts for the first several defendants, according to a Reuters reporter at the court in Mugla, southwestern Turkey.

"We will not accept a change of borders under any circumstances".

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) held a non-binding referendum on September 25 on secession from the central government in Baghdad in defiance of Iraq's stiff opposition.

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The general also welcomed Turkey's participation in solving Syrian crisis, underlining upholding Syria's territorial integrity as well as Syrian-Syrian negotiations in tackling the Arab states' problems.

The presidents of Iran and Turkey vowed during talks in Tehran yesterday to work closely together to prevent the disintegration of Iraq and Syria and to oppose the Iraqi Kurds' drive for independence.

Baghdad imposed a ban on all worldwide flights to Kurdish airports on Friday, while Tehran has ordered a halt to all trade in fuel products with Iraqi Kurdistan.

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.

"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. One of the MoUs will also pave the way for further cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) and Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) and the National Library and Archives Organization, Turkish Prime Minister's Archive Office.

He said the Kurdish referendum and plan to split from Iraq is part of a "foreign sectarian plot".

Turkey to Impose Further Sanctions on Iraqi Kurdistan