Turkey and Iran have reached an agreement to launch joint military operations against groups on their border with Iraq.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Hassan Rouhani agreed on the step during high-level video conference talks held on September 8.
The two countries will be cooperating against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its Iranian affiliate the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK). Joint military operations will target both Kurdish groups.
“Both sides emphasized that it was incumbent upon both countries to fully utilize the existing cooperation mechanisms against the activities of PKK/PJAK elements and the other terrorist organizations along the common borders, and to take coordinated steps for a result-oriented cooperation, including joint operations, in countering terrorism and organised crime,” a joint Turkish-Iranian statement reads, according to the Middle East Eye.
The Turkish Armed Forces have launched a series of operations against PKK remnants in northern Iraq in the last few years. The Iranian military is less active against the PKK. Nevertheless, it has recently carried out several strikes against the group’s hideouts in northern Iraq.
The Turkish-Iranian agreement will restrict the movement of Kurdish guerrilla groups and place more pressure on their cells. The agreement is a sign of a significant rapprochement between Ankara and Tehran.
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