Published: Tue, August 22, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Iran, Turkey cooperate against Kurdish militants

Iran, Turkey cooperate against Kurdish militants

"But as always we will strongly confront any group, team or person who wants to penetrate into Iran's territory for anti-security or terrorist operations", it added.

At the time, Tasnim reported that the Iranian and Turkish sides discussed carrying out operations against the PKK and its Iranian Kurdish offshoot Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK), even conducting joint actions against the PKK in Qandil and Shingal.

He said as Muslims we must maintain solidarity in the region.

President Turkish Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the above statement to reporters on Monday before departing on an official visit to Jordan, Reuters reported.

The details were discussed at the meeting of Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Mohammad Baqeri and Chief of Turkish General Staff of Hulusi Akar in Ankara last week, he noted.

Bagheri's visit - hailed as the first by an army chief of staff since Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution - was therefore seen as a key sign of warming ties. Secular Turkish military and theocratic Iran's army controlled by Islamic clerics perceived each other on mutual suspicion, although the two governments have forged a pragmatic relationship on the bilateral economy, energy issues, and regional policies.

General Baqeri's visit came amid significant developments in global arena, particularly in Syria and Iraq that led rapprochement of two neighbors.

In the past couple months, the YPG and Turkish forces have been involved in regular clashes near the Syrian-Turkish border. Turkey issued an global request for his arrest in 2013.

In Tehran, Bagheri said on Monday that the two countries have reached an agreement to step up the control of the borders, without mentioning what Erdogan earlier said about a possible attack against Kurdish armed groups operating in the area.

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