Turkish, Iranian chiefs of staff hold talks in Tehran

Turkish, Iranian chiefs of staff hold talks in Tehran

Turkey's Chief of the General Staff, Hulusi Akar arrived in Tehran around midnight on Sunday, in a visit tied to the Kurdish independence referendum, which has rattled both Tehran and Ankara.

During the meeting, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri and Akar held talks on regional developments, fight against terrorism and joint border security issues.

The Iraqi Kurdish region's recent vote for secession from Iraq was also on the agenda of their talks, according to Tasnim news agency.

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The two sides are also expected to discuss the implementation of mutual agreements signed in the Turkish capital.

He added that Iran and Turkey are cooperating in war against terrorism in Syria and Iraq.

Ankara is becoming increasingly wary of United States and Israeli plans in the region, including their covert support for the establishment of independent Kurdish satellites in Syria and Iraq.

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Iraq's Kurds overwhelmingly backed independence in last week's referendum, defying neighbouring countries including Turkey, which fear the vote could fuel Kurdish separatism within their own borders and lead to fresh conflict.

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.

Dr Hassan Rouhani met with the Chairman of the Senate of the Republic of Ireland Denis O'Donovan on Tuesday in Tehran and said: "Today there is a great opportunity for developing cooperation and relations between Tehran and Dublin in various sectors, including agriculture, industry, pharmacy and medical equipment, as well as new technologies and communication that we need to take advantage of in order to deepen relations".

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The Iranian chief executive emphasized that Iran and Turkey, as two important countries and the pillars of stability in the region, could play an influential role in resolving regional issues if they stood by each other. The Turkish military official's trip is taking place ahead of a scheduled visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Iran.

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