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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.

Tensions have been running high between Iraqi government and the Kurdish region after the region held a controversial referendum on independence of Kurdistan and disputed areas, including Kirkuk.

Mr Erdogan referred to the Israeli intelligence agency and said "there is no country other than Israel that recognizes it".

Pointing to common stance of Iran, Iraq and Turkey against secession of Iraqi Kurdistan, he said, "We have reached good political and military agreements regarding the region, as the Kurdish region will face severe economic, political and military sanctions if the current situation continues to persist".

In addition, neighbouring countries such as Turkey, Iran and Syria see that such a step would threaten their territorial integrity, as larger populations of Kurds live in those countries.

He said the two countries want security and stability in the Middle East.

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Turkish armed forces chief of staff General Hulusi Akar also came to visit the Iranian capital on Sunday. "Meetings will be held next week to discuss the details", he said.

The two governments have taken opposing sides in the six-year civil war in Syria but relations have thawed this year with them both joining Russian Federation as co-sponsors of peace talks which began in Kazakstan in January.

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.

Erdogan, whose security forces have been embroiled in a decades-long battle with Kurdish separatists in southeast Turkey, repeated his accusation that Israel was behind the Iraqi Kurds' referendum.

For his part, O'Donovan said that Ireland is determined to expand cooperation with Iran. One of the MoUs will also pave the way for further cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) and Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) and the National Library and Archives Organization, Turkish Prime Minister's Archive Office.

He asserted that the referendum was a Zionist plot that benefits the United States.

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