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Gen. Akar arrived in Tehran Sunday upon an invitation from the Iranian chief of staff.

Addressing reporters following a meeting with Akar earlier in the day, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri said Tehran and Ankara had "common and similar" positions on the recent independence referendum held in the Kurdistan region and believed that it was unacceptable.

Tehran is also due to host Erdogan on Wednesday, where the Turkish president said he and Iranian officials would further discuss, among other issues, a joint response to the secession vote, organized by Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government.

The two sides are also expected to discuss the implementation of mutual agreements signed in the Turkish capital.

Rouhani expressed satisfaction with the decline of conflicts in the region and the weakening of terrorists in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, calling for collective efforts in the fight against terrorism.

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"Iran is becoming a very important actor in the region, particularly in Iraq and Syria", former Turkish ambassador to Iraq Unal Cevikoz, who now heads the Ankara Policy Forum, told the Voice of America in August.

Besides, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani on Monday slammed the independence referendum by the Kurds, saying the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) adopted an "irresponsible and amateurish approach".

Last week, the KRG held an illegitimate referendum on secession from Iraq, amid regional and worldwide opposition and warnings that the vote would cause regional unrest.

Meanwhile, Iranian military chief Maj. The Turkish military official's trip is taking place ahead of a scheduled visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Iran.

Iran and Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member, overwhelmingly opposed the non-binding referendum vote, over fears the move could ignite independence movements by Kurdish populations in their own countries.

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