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Turkey Sees Sharp Increase In Oil From Iran, While Iraq's Share Drops

Turkey Sees Sharp Increase In Oil From Iran, While Iraq's Share Drops

Turkish military Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar met with his Iranian counterpart Major General Mohammad Bagheri on Monday in Tehran, and both generals underscored that bilateral cooperation will increase in the areas of security and counter-terrorism.

Iran and Turkey have already threatened to join Baghdad in imposing economic sanctions on Iraqi Kurdistan and have launched joint military exercises with Iraqi troops on their borders with the separatist region.

Judge Emirsah Bastog read out guilty verdicts for 42 of the 47 defendants, according to a Reuters reporter at the court in Mugla, southwestern Turkey.

Iran has ordered a halt to all trade in fuel products with Iraqi Kurdistan and has said it will allow Iraqi federal forces to deploy at its border crossings with the region.

The two presidents also talked about the region, particularly the September 25 poll in Iraq's Kurdistan on secession, which has dominated the political landscape of West Asia in recent weeks.

The spokesman added that in discussions with turkey regarding Syria there are some positive trends and the two countries have entered a new atmosphere in their relations.

Erdogan also said the goal of tripling the Turkish-Iranian trade remained on the agenda and the two countries would conduct trade in their own currencies to limit foreign exchange pressures. "Meetings will be held next week to discuss the details", he said.

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"Some leaders of Iraq's Kurdistan region have made erroneous decisions which must be corrected", Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said after talks with Erdogan, visiting Tehran for the first time since 2015.

Baghdad already has imposed sanctions on Kurdish banks and halted foreign currency transfers to the region, and a flight ban has halted all global flights from servicing the Iraqi Kurdish territory's airports.

Mr Erdogan said on Saturday that Iraqi Kurdistan "will pay a price" for the "unacceptable" referendum.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on October 4 that Moscow would not interfere in the Kurdish referendum issue.

Erdogan was accompanied by a high-ranking delegation comprising ministers of economy, energy, customs and culture, as well as Turkish investors and business leaders.

The Kurds are the region's fourth largest ethnic group, spread across Iran, Turkey, Syria and Iraq, all of which oppose any moves towards a Kurdish state.