Iran and Turkey are again voicing their opposition to a planned referendum on Iraqi Kurdish independence.
Both countries have sizable Kurdish populations of their own and share a concern that an independent Kurdistan could threaten their own territorial integrity.
Turkey’s deputy prime minister Bekir Bozdağ told a news conference that the vote violates Iraq’s constitution and threatens regional stability. The Turkish foreign minister has warned that independence could lead to civil war in Iraq.
Iranian Chief of Staff Major General Mohammad Baqeri met with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara to discuss the referendum and other regional issues.