Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for "more decisive action" in response to the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG)'s attempt to split from Iraq, as he joined his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in renewing their opposition to the redrawing of the Iraqi borders.
"Holding the referendum in Iraq's Kurdistan will help the Western-Zionist-Arab front supporting Takfiri terrorism achieve its objectives and is definitely in contradiction to the interests of the Iraqi people, particularly the Kurds", Shamkhani said.
Just prior to Erdogan's visit, Turkish Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar arrived in Tehran on Monday for discussions with senior Iranian officials.
Rouhani also said that Iran can be a "reliable source" to provide the European Union's member states with energy.
Iran and Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member, overwhelmingly opposed the non-binding referendum vote, over fears the move could ignite independence movements by Kurdish populations in their own countries.
"Words don't mean anything here as we didn't have a chance of a fair trial", said another defendant, Gokhan Sen.
Iran and Turkey have resolved to work together to ease tension in the crisis-hit Middle East region.
All countries in the region showed their support for Iraq's territorial unity and the Iraqi government over fears that the independence of one part of the country will generate sectarian clashes and feed new domestic armed conflicts. The two countries have held military manoeuvres close to their borders with Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region in recent days to ratchet up the pressure on Kurdish leaders.
Iran and Turkey, along with Russian Federation, are mediating a peace process aimed at ending the deadly crisis plaguing Syria for years.
Rouhani and Erdogan said they believed those talks would bring peace.
Iranian government spokesperson, Mohammadbaqer Nowbakht has said that the Turkish president during his visit to Tehran will discuss implementation of deals earlier reached between the two countries, IRNA news agency reported. But Kurdish leaders have said they will use it to press for negotiations on eventually forming their own state.
On the economic front, Rouhani and Erdogan underlined the goal of tripling two-way trade to $30 billion in 2018, to be processed in their own currencies, easing the pressure on Iran whose banking sector is subject to U.S. sanctions.
Erdogan and Rouhani will also preside over the fifth meeting of the Turkey-Iran High Level Strategic Cooperation Council in Tehran.