Turkey's Chief Of General Staff Holds Talks In Theran

Turkey's Chief Of General Staff Holds Talks In Theran

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Turkish military chief of staff Gen. Hulusi Akar held talks on Monday with his Iranian counterpart Maj.

Iran and Turkey on Monday said they were stepping up military cooperation, including large-scale war games and counterterrorismoperations, in the wake of Iraqi Kurdistan's historic independence referendum vote.

The president said that Iran and Turkey, as two Muslim states in the region, face regional threats such as terrorism, insecurity and instability, adding: "In order to overcome these threats and in line with the common interests, the relations and cooperation of Tehran and Ankara should be strengthened".

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Speaking at a weekly press conference in Tehran on Tuesday, Mohammad Baqer Nobakht said Iran believes that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq must be preserved, in the same way that it supported Turkey's territorial integrity during a failed coup attempt in July 2016.

Iranian Tasnim news agency, close to the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) reports that General Akar will follow up on the "agreements reached in Ankara", a reference to meetings he had with Bagheri in August.

"Today political, economic, and global relations between Iran and Turkey are at a good status but we have to endeavor to boost military and defense cooperation in consistency with other areas", asserted President Hassan Rouhani of the Islamic Republic of Iran at a meeting with Turkey's Akar on Monday, referring to growing level of cooperation between Iran and Turkey.

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Iraq's central government has said it will seek the assistance of Iran and Turkey to secure its borders after local Kurdistan authorities refused to cede the control of border crossings and airports to Baghdad.

Fighting terrorism and preserving the geopolitical borders of the region were highlighted by President Rouhani as the two top priority of Iran and Turkey in developing bilateral ties.

President Erdogan has announced that he will meet with President Hassan Rouhani and the Supreme Leader ayatollah Ali Khamenei during his upcoming visit to Tehran.

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