Iran, Turkey coordinate military response to Kurdish independence vote

Kurdish Referendum: Turkey's Erdogan heads to Iran

They want to create a new Israel in the region.

"Turkey and Iran must take necessary measures against the vote", Khamenei was quoted as saying.

"The Iraqi Kurdish secession vote is an act of betrayal toward the entire region and a threat to its future".

Almost 93 percent of Iraqi Kurds on September 25 voted in a non-binding plebiscite in favor of creating an independent state. They fear it could derail the fight against Islamic State.

Both presidents drew particular attention to the regional developments in Iraq after the KRG independence referendum on September 25, both asserting that the referendum was illegitimate and null and that Iraq's territorial integrity is important for regional stability. The US, meanwhile, had opposed the vote, calling it provocative and destabilizing.

"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.

A day later, Prime Minister Benjamin rejected the claims and took a shot at Erdogan for blaming Mossad meddling for every tricky situation Turkey faces.

Erdogan is visiting Iran in a sign of warming ties between the two neighbours which support rival camps in Syria but both strongly oppose last week's Iraqi Kurdish vote for independence.

Baghdad imposed a ban on all worldwide flights to Kurdish airports on Friday prompting an exodus of foreigners. "During this process, our respective ministers, security forces and intelligence organizations are carrying out all kinds of work in the region", Erdoğan said.

Turkey threatened to close its land border and halt the export of oil from Iraqi Kurdistan to the Turkish port of Ceyhan, an economic lifeline.

Since 1984, the Kurdish rebel group known as the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has been involved in an armed conflict with Turkey, in an attempt to carve out an independent Kurdish state.

Reacting on the Kurdish referendum, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey Turkish President said that more decisive action is needed.

He also said Tehran would back steps taken by the central Iraqi government and denounced the KRG's referendum move.

Turkey already has several thousand ground forces stationed in northern Syria and Erdogan has stated he will not accept a Kurdish state along his borders.



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