President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan arrived in Tehran with a high-level delegation Wednesday on an invitation from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran also said: "The people of Iraqi Kurdistan are our good neighbours and dear brothers, and we do not wish any pressure to be put on them, but the wrong decisions some leaders of the Region have made should be compensated, and in this regard, Iran, Turkey and Iraq have no choice but to make decisions pursue their strategic goals in the region". He was addressing a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani.
Turkey threatened to close its land border and halt the export of oil from Iraqi Kurdistan to the Turkish port of Ceyhan, an economic lifeline.
Erdogan vowed on Saturday that Iraqi Kurdistan "will pay a price" for the "unacceptable" referendum. He also said that no one recognized them except Israel.
The presidents of Turkey and Iran Wednesday indicated that their countries share a common stance on developments in neighboring Syria and Iraq, particularly on the recent referendum held in northern Iraq by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), establishing de-escalation zones in Syria and also on counter terrorism.
Speaking on the issue, Mr. Rouhani declared his opposition to Kurdish independence. He also said that de-escalation zones were very important for Turkey.
Baghdad imposed a ban on all worldwide flights to Kurdish airports on Friday prompting an exodus of foreigners.
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It may be noted that on 25th September, in a referendum, around 93 percent of Iraqi Kurds voted in favour of leaving Iraq.
According to results announced by the KRG, nearly 93 percent of registered voters cast ballots in favor of independence.
"We have taken some measures already with Iran and the Iraqi central government, but stronger steps will be taken", he said.
The independence referendum was opposed by many countries because it would threaten the integrity of Iraq and it could undermine fight against Islamic State militants.
In the same time-frame, the amount imported from Iraq dropped by 20%, as Iran replaces Iraq as the top supplier to Turkey.
The military drills, contributed by some forces of the Iraqi Army, is conducted near the Parviz Khan border post in western Iran.
Rouhani spoke first at the press conference, saying: "Increasing the ethnic and sectarian separatism are the plans of outsiders", and that the efforts of Turkey, Iran and Russian Federation, in trilateral cooperation, are needed for establishing peace in Syria.