Turkey's Erdogan in Iran amid tensions over Iraqi Kurd vote

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Ghasemi also says that the objective of Erdogan's trip is not only discussions on bilateral relations, but also about regional issues, including the Kurdish referendum.

"We do not recognize the illegitimate referendum of the northern Iraqi regional government", said the Turkish top executive, on Wednesday.

In a join presser after a closed-door meeting in the Saadabad Complex, Erdoğan said that "all regional matters were on the agenda and discussed" at the meeting.

"As you know, there are steps we, both Turkey and Iran, have taken on the matter". Iraq's central government, its neighbors and Western powers fear the vote in favor of secession could spark another conflict in the region to add to the war in Syria, and fear it could slow the fight against Islamic State.

Reacting on the Kurdish referendum, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey Turkish President said that more decisive action is needed.

Erdoğan said the referendum had no legitimacy and had only been recognized by Israeli regime.

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Iran and Turkey have resolved to work together to ease tension in the crisis-hit Middle East region. He also said that de-escalation zones were very important for Turkey.

In a report about the Iran-Iraq military exercises, Iran's semiofficial ISNA news agency quoted the commander of the ground forces of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Mohammad Pakpour, as saying that "Iran and Iraq have common enemies and they need to ensure the security of their own borders against threats". Turkey had already shut down its border with Iraqi Kurdistan.

The vote set off alarm bells in Baghdad, where the government has said it is determined to prevent a breakup of the country, Baghdad's central government requested the KRG to "cancel" the results of the vote and to "abide" by the constitution and "retreat" from the Kurdistan areas outside of the KRG's administration. He will also meet with Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, during his trip to Tehran.

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

Israel has been among the only countries to openly support an independent Kurdish state, and many Kurds have openly welcomed Israel's support, drawing accusations from Arab leaders that last week's referendum was a Zionist plot.

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