Iran, Turkey vow to boost military ties amidst Kurds' independence move

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Both countries have "made the necessary decisions" to cooperate militarily, in order to curb any similar efforts by Iranian or Turkish Kurds seeking political or geographical autonomy in either state, Gen. Baqeri said, according to Tasnim News Agency.

Mr Erdogan said on Saturday that Iraqi Kurdistan "will pay a price" for the "unacceptable" referendum.

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who also met with Erdogan, said "the referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan was a betrayal".

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

In the wake of Iraqi Kurdistan's independence vote, Iraq, Iran and Turkey are taking steps to ensure that borders in the region remain unchanged.

A Turkish court started issuing verdicts on Wednesday in the trial of some 40 soldiers accused of attempting to kill President Tayyip Erdogan during last year's coup, with the first defendants declared guilty and sentenced to life in prison.

Turkish armed forces chief of staff General Hulusi Akar also came to visit the Iranian capital on Sunday.

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The referendum vote came days before Kurdish peshmerga militia forces were set to deploy alongside Iraqi units to oust ISIS from the northern Iraqi town of Hawija.

Iran and Russian Federation support Syria's Bashar al-Assad, while Turkey has supported some of the rebel groups in the past. "Meetings will be held next week to discuss the details", he said.

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

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.

The two governments have taken opposing sides in the six-year civil war in Syria but relations have thawed this year with them both joining Russian Federation as co-sponsors of peace talks which began in Kazakstan in January. "We believe that Iran-Turkey collaboration in future will foster sustainable security and stability in the region and world", he said. The drills involved armor and artillery units as well as other air units.

Last week, the Iranian Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) staged joint military drills along the country's western border areas.

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