TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - "The United States and foreign powers are untrustworthy and seek to create a new Israel in the region," Ayatollah Khamenei said.
The Leader made the remarks in a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran on Wednesday.
Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that holding the Kurdish vote in Iraq was an act of betrayal against the region and posed a threat to the future of the Middle East, warning about the long-tem repercussions of the vote for Iraq’s neighbors.
“Iran and Turkey should take every possible measure against the move and the Iraqi government, too, should make decisions and take serious action,” the Leader said.
Ayatollah Khamenei said enemies were trying to keep Iran and Turkey away from major regional developments, noting foreign powers and Israel have been seeking to create contention between regional countries.
The Leader said Iran-Turkey cooperation on major developments in the Muslim world was highly significant and instrumental.
Ayatollah Khamenei expressed satisfaction with Tehran-Ankara cooperation during the Astana talks on Syria, which he said resulted in the improvement of the situation in the Arab country.
The Leader, however, raised the alarm that the issue of Daesh and Takfiri terrorists would not be solved unless a long-term and genuine plan was adopted.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Leader also called for further promotion of economic ties between Iran and Turkey.