Iran: Erdogan and Rouhani discuss opposition to independent Iraqi Kurdistan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Iranian counterpart President Hassan Rouhani were united in their opposition to an independent Iraqi Kurdistan during a press conference held after a bilateral meeting between the two leaders in Tehran on Tuesday. «Right now, no countries in the world are supporting Iraqi Kurdistan except Israel,» said Erdogan. Tehran and Ankara have both... Еще expressed concern that an independent Kurdistan would lead to further destabilisation in the region and disrupt the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL). There are also fears that independence for Iraqi Kurds could have a domino effect on Kurdish populations in Iran and Turkey. The Iranian leader reiterated the notion that fighting terrorism was top on the agenda for both countries, whether it be IS, the Al-Nusra front or the PKK, a left-wing Kurdish rebel group based in Turkey and Iraq.

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