TEHRAN (defapress)- A leading Arab daily referred to the recent visit by Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri to Turkey, and said Tehran and Ankara are moving towards a strategic military agreement.
News ID: 65670
Publish Date: 21August 2017 - 18:29
"Turkey and Iran's pragmatic approach has required them
to focus on economic, specially trade, cooperation and set aside their
political and military differences - at least for a while," al-Rai al-Youm
wrote on Monday.
"The political and military growth of the Kurds who are
supported by the US showed the need for the Turkish and Iranian officials'
meeting and the two sides reached a mutual strategic military agreement to
fight against this danger which threatens them," it added.
The Arab daily claimed that Turkey and Iran are now
determined to prevent formation of a Kurdish country even if they are forced to
resort to the military option.
Speaking to reporters before departing on an official visit
to Jordan, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said a more effective struggle
against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and its Iranian affiliate,
PJAK, would be possible through joint action with Iran.
"Joint action against terrorist groups that have become
a threat is always on the agenda. This issue has been discussed between the two
military chiefs, and I discussed more broadly how this should be carried
out," Erdogan was quoted as saying by the Reuters.
Also, the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news channel quoted
Erdogan as saying that his country might conduct a joint operation with Iran
against the PKK positions in Shingal and Qandil.
General Baqeri started a three-day visit to Ankara last
Tuesday heading a high-ranking politico-military delegation. He said his trip
was aimed at discussing enhanced cooperation on military and regional issues.
Top Iranian and Turkish military chiefs in a meeting in
Ankara on Tuesday discussed ways to improve the two countries’ security,
particularly in border areas, and continue the fight against terrorism.