Iran and Turkey not to allow to split regional states
Iran and Turkey as two major and influential countries in the region will never allow the Zionist regime fulfill its new scenario in the region, Iran's Defense Minister General Amir Hatami said at a meeting with Chief of Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces General Hulusi Akar.
General Hatami referred to longstanding friendship between Iran and Turkey and the two nations’ historic, religious and cultural commonalities, saying that Turkey enjoys a special status in Iran’s foreign, defense and security policies.
Noting that today westerners along with the Zionist regime have written a new prescription for the region, he said that the US and Israel have taken the new strategy of splitting regional states on agenda after ISIS scenario failed, but Iran and Turkey as the two major regional players will never allow a new scenario to come true, IRNA reported.
He underlined Iran’s principled policy of upholding all regional countries’ territorial integrity, saying that engagement of Iran, Turkey and Iraq can help reinforce regional stability and security and counter secessionist moves.
The general also welcomed Turkey’s participation in solving Syrian crisis, underlining upholding Syria’s territorial integrity as well as Syrian-Syrian negotiations in tackling the Arab states’ problems. Hatami also voiced Iran’s 12nd government’s support for military and security cooperation between the two counties, especially in the sphere of fighting terrorism, hoping that the increasing trend of mutual collaboration will strengthen the two countries’ stability and security.
General Akar, for his part, said that presence of Iran’s chief of staff of the armed forces in Ankara opened a new chapter in Tehran-Ankara cooperation and they should make up for the past drawbacks speedily through heeding joint areas of cooperation. "We believe that Iran-Turkey collaboration in future will foster sustainable security and stability in the region and world," he said.
Hailing the ample commonalities between the two nations and governments, Turkish general hoped that defense and military relations would enhance like political, economic and cultural ties. "We will support Syrian territorial integrity and cohesion and will never recognize any changes in borderlines," he said.
Pointing to common stance of Iran, Iraq and Turkey against secession of Iraqi Kurdistan, he said, "We have reached good political and military agreements regarding the region, as the Kurdish region will face severe economic, political and military sanctions if the current situation continues to persist".