TEHRAN (defapress) – Chief of the General Staff of Turkey Hulusi Akar arrived in Tehran on Monday morning for talks with top Iranian military and political officials.
News ID: 66098
Publish Date: 02October 2017 - 12:57
Heading a military delegation, the top Turkish general is
going to hold talks with Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major
General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri.
He was officially received by the top Iranian general Baqeri
upon his arrival in the capital on Monday.
During his trip, made at the official invitation of general
Baqeri, the two sides will discuss Iran-Turkey defense ties, the regional
developments, cooperation on the border affairs, and the fight against
The semi-autonomous Kurdish region’s moves for secession
from Iraq will be also on the agenda of their talks.
The Iraqi Kurdistan Region went ahead with its plan to hold
the referendum on September 25, while Iraq’s neighbors and countries in the
Middle East, including Iran and Turkey, had voiced opposition to such a move
and supported the Baghdad central government.
Later, thousands of Kurdish people in favor of KRG’s
secession from Iraq took to the streets in Erbil, with some waving Israeli
flags to celebrate.
No one in the region, except Israel’s Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu, endorsed the referendum, and all neighbors have warned that
the secession plan would bring instability to the region and disintegrate Iraq.
Pressure has been building on officials in Erbil,
Kurdistan’s regional capital, over the referendum, with regional carriers,
including Turkish Airlines, Egypt Air and Lebanon’s Middle East Airlines
submitting to Baghdad’s request to suspend their flights serving Iraqi