News ID: 201687
Published: 0334 GMT October 03, 2017

Nobakht: Neighbors’ sovereignty important to Iran

Nobakht: Neighbors’ sovereignty important to Iran

Iran’s government spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht highlighted the significance that Tehran attaches to the sovereignty of its neighbors, saying it is critical for Iraq to protect its territorial integrity amidst the Kurdistan region’s controversial move to hold a secessionist referendum.

Speaking at a weekly press conference in Tehran on Tuesday, Nobakht said Iran believes that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq must be preserved, in the same way that it supported Turkey’s territorial integrity during a failed coup attempt in July 2016.

He also hailed the close coordination between Iran and Turkey in supporting the Baghdad government, expressing the hope that Iraq would soon be rid of terrorism.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to arrive in Tehran today. This is the second visit by Erdogan to Iran since President Rouhani took office nearly two months ago.

Nobakht said the trip is aimed at broadening the relations and implementing the agreements the two countries have already signed.

According to Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, Erdogan will discuss the response by Tehran and Ankara to the Iraqi Kurdish secessionist referendum in the upcoming visit.

While Iraq’s Kurds held a vote for secession on September 25, neighbors and countries in the Middle East, including Iran and Turkey, have voiced opposition to the referendum.


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