The visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Tehran on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, marks the rapprochement between two countries that have confronted each other over the Syrian crisis over the past five years.
The referendum held on 25 September 2017 in Iraqi Kurdistan accelerated the rapprochement between Tehran and Ankara. The two countries, each with a Kurdish minority, rejected the referendum and any idea of a Kurdish state.
“Some leaders of the Kurdistan region of Iraq have made erroneous decisions that need to be compensated. Iran, Turkey, and Iraq are obliged to take serious and necessary steps to carry out their strategic objectives, “the Iranian president said.
The Turkish president was, even more, firm when he said that Turkey, Iran, and Iraq have “already taken measures” and will “take further and more severe measures ” against Iraqi Kurdistan.
Stifling Iraqi Kurdistan
The three countries already impose an air blockade on Iraqi Kurdistan and Iran has stopped shipments of energy products such as gasoline and gas oil to that region. To mark its determination, Iran also organized joint maneuvers with the Iraqi armed forces along the border.
The objective is to economically suffocate Iraqi Kurdistan to bring the region’s leaders back on track.
Iran and Turkey have also come closer on the Syrian issue with cooperation with Russia to create de-escalation zones to bring stability back to Syria. Ankara refuses indeed that the Syrian Kurds can create a semi-state along its border.