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Iran and Turkey have already threatened to join Baghdad in imposing economic sanctions on Iraqi Kurdistan and have launched joint military exercises with Iraqi troops on their borders with the separatist region.

"Iraqi forces are dressed in black and there is a large number of Iranian forces", said Shwan Abu Bakr, the customs chief at the Bashmakh border post between Iraq's Kurdish region and Iran.

He added that 'any incident taking place in Syria and Iraq is not independent from us, they are directly related to our domestic affairs'.

"We held talks on the common threats [Iran and Turkey], and also on the referendum in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region with an emphasis on the maintenance of Iraq's integrity and rejection of the referendum", Gen. Baqeri told reporters Monday in Tehran.

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Turkish President Erdogan said on Sunday that the roadmap Turkey and Iran are expected to follow in response to the controversial referendum and other regional developments will take shape after his visit to Tehran.

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"America and Israel benefit from the vote..."

Noting that today westerners along with the Zionist regime have written a new prescription for the region, he said that the U.S. and Israel have taken the new strategy of splitting regional states on agenda after ISIS scenario failed, but Iran and Turkey as the two major regional players will never allow a new scenario to come true, IRNA reported.

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Both Iran and Turkey have held military manoeuvres close to their borders with Iraqi Kurdistan to ratchet up the pressure on Kurdish leaders.

"The referendum in Kurdistan was against the Iraqi constitution, which does not help the people of Kurdistan, and is not justifiable for Iraq's security", Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

The Turkish official claimed that the Kurdish officials conducted the referendum after negotiating with the intelligence agency of the Israeli regime.

The United States opposed the referendum as a destabilizing move at a time when all sides in the region are still fighting Islamic State.

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General Hatami referred to longstanding friendship between Iran and Turkey and the two nations' historic, religious and cultural commonalities, saying that Turkey enjoys a special status in Iran's foreign, defense and security policies.

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