Now Turkey is Getting Cozy With Iran

A man counts money at Stock Exchange in Erbil Iraq October 4 2017

"Iran does not recognize the referendum for Kurdistan independence, and he [Shamkhani] discussed the territorial integrity of Iraq and mentioned measures that should be taken by our country and regionally", said Behrouz Nemati, the spokesman for parliament's presiding board.

In a conciliatory gesture towards the Kurds, however, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday vowed to defend them against any attack.

"Any person can leave the country via Baghdad without paying a fine or for an exit visa", Interior Minister Qassem al-Araji told journalists.

However, the Iraqi military has conducted joint military drills with Turkey along the Iraqi Kurdistan border and Baghdad has said it also sent a delegation to Iran, which also opposes Kurdish independence, "to coordinate military efforts".

A top ministry official said he would facilitate journalist visas, which usually take at least a month to process, AFP reported.

More tragedy was to come in the aftermath of the 1991 Gulf war, when the Kurdish uprising collapsed, prompting hundreds of thousands of people to seek refuge on the mountainous borders with Iran and Turkey in the heart of winter.

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Like Iraq, its neighbors, and the global community, Zakaria said, Pakistan opposes the referendum which posed threat to the peace and stability of Iraq and the entire region.

Ibrahim said that the new council welcomed the calls for dialogue with Baghdad as well as all the regional and global parties saying "we are ready to hold talks on all issues".

The referendum does not belong to the government or any political party, but to the people, and "they have decided their future through the framework of this referendum", Dizayee said.

Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani has said the vote is not binding, but meant to provide a mandate for negotiations with Baghdad and neighbouring countries over the peaceful secession of the region from Iraq.

The vote was held across the autonomous Kurdish region's three provinces as well as in some disputed territories controlled by Kurdish forces but claimed by Baghdad. Iran, Turkey and Syria have all rejected it.

Haj Omran border is seen, on the border between Iran and Iraq October 3, 2017.

On September 25, residents of Iraqi Kurdistan took part in an independence referendum, with over 90 percent of the voters saying "yes" to Erbil's drive for sovereignty. "It is a matter of time in Iraq and Syria", Nasrallah said, using an Arabic acronym for ISIL.

Iran's Mehr news agency said the military exercises were a response to the Kurdish independence referendum.

The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah terror group on Saturday night accused Israel and the USA of orchestrating a controversial referendum on support for independence in Iraq's Kurdistan, and warned it could lead to the dividing of several countries in the region.

"With the priority to fight Islamic State and the stabilization of Iraq, Iraqis must remain united".