Turkey’s Chief of General Staff, Iranian counterpart highlight common stance amid regional threats


Turkish military Chief of Staff General Hulusi Akar and his Iranian counterpart Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri emphasized the necessity of mutual action amid ongoing threats in the region.

Talks between the two top commanders are focused on a number of issues, including border security and counter-terrorism along with regional issues.

“Turkey and Iran continue to boost cooperation amid existing threats and risks” Gen. Akar said, highlighting that the two countries have a long history of friendship.

Gen. Akar also touched upon the importance of anti-terror fight and border security for both countries, noting that the two countries have come to an understanding regarding the two matters.

Meanwhile, Iranian military chief Maj. Gen. Bagheri noted that both Turkey and Iran have a common stance and attitude toward the banned independence referendum of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq.

Gen. Akar arrived in Tehran Sunday upon an invitation from the Iranian chief of staff.

He is expected to meet with Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, Defense Minister Amir Hatami and head of Iran’s National Security Council Ali Shamkhani during the visit.

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