Turkish, Iranian chiefs of staff hold talks in Tehran

02/10/2017 - 18:02 Published in News/General

Turkish military chief of staff Gen. Hulusi Akar held talks on Monday with his Iranian counterpart Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri in Tehran. 

Discussions between the two top commanders tackled a host of issues, including border security and counter-terrorism along with regional issues. 

Speaking at a joint press conference following the meeting, Akar said both Turkey and Iran shared common values. 

"In addition to our political and economic relations, we improve our military relations,” he said. “We have reached a consensus on the fight against terrorism and border security.” 

Bagheri, for his part, said they discussed issues that pose a threat to both Tehran and Ankara. 

"Both countries have developed a common attitude towards the illegitimate Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) referendum," he said. 

Last week, the KRG held an referendum on secession from Iraq, amid regional and international opposition and warnings that the vote would cause regional unrest. 

Bagheri said both Iran and Turkey agree on the need to maintain Iraq’s territorial integrity.