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U.S. seeks 'new Israel' in region, Khamenei says of Iraq Kurd referendum

U.S. seeks 'new Israel' in region, Khamenei says of Iraq Kurd referendum”

The Iranian President said that Tehran and Ankara reject the independence referendum in Iraq's Kurdistan.

The upcoming visit of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Iranian capital Tehran targets expanding bilateral ties and cooperation in fight against terrorism.

"Iran and Turkey should take every possible measure against the move and the Iraqi government, too, should make decisions and take serious action", Khamenei added.

Iran and Turkey have threatened to join Baghdad in imposing economic sanctions on Iraqi Kurdistan, as the country leaders Hasan Rouhani and Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to support not changing Iraq's borders.

Iran and Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member, overwhelmingly opposed the non-binding referendum vote, over fears the move could ignite independence movements by Kurdish populations in their own countries.

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He said the two countries want security and stability in the Middle East.

So far this year, Turkey imported 7.4 million tons from Iran and 4.3 million tons from Iraq, according to the regulatory report released last month.

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.

Turkey and Iran both have a sizeable Kurdish community and fear last week's vote will encourage their own Kurdish populations to do the same.

Turkey is honest in voicing opposition to Iran's some policies, particularly in Syria, Iraq, and Gulf region, Cavusoglu said. "Meetings will be held to discuss the details", he said.

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

On Sunday, Turkish armed forces chief of staff Gen Hulusi Akar arrived in Tehran.

Erdogan, whose security forces have been embroiled in a decades-long battle with Kurdish separatists in southeast Turkey, repeated his accusation that Israel was behind the Iraqi Kurds' referendum.

"It was the people who determined their future in the referendum", he 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.

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