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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speeches to the heads of chambers of commerce in Ankara, Turkey, on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. – Photo via AP

Ankara- Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan uncovered on Monday the presence of a possible Turkish-Iranian agreement to launch a joint military operation against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its Iranian branch the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK).

The possible agreement was one of the main topics discussed during a meeting held between Erdogan and Iran’s Armed Forces chief of staff General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri who visited Turkey last week.

Speaking to reporters in Istanbul before a short trip to Jordan, Erdogan said Iran and Turkey could work together to target the PKK and its affiliate in Iran, the PJAK.

“We spoke about a joint move against terrorist organizations, which constantly bring damage to both Turkey and Iran,” he said, adding that Ankara and Tehran were working on the basis that they can come to a conclusion in a different way and in a shorter time if they were in solidarity against this threat.

“It is always on the agenda to carry out a joint operation with Iran against those terror organizations which pose a threat,” Erdogan told reporters.

The Turkish president also said the military chiefs of both countries were also discussing how to work against Kurdish militants.

“Iran is constantly threatened by the PJAK,” Erdogan said, adding that he hopes the two countries would get a successful result in this regard.

In Tehran, Bagheri said on Monday that the two countries have reached an agreement to step up the control of the borders, without mentioning what Erdogan earlier said about a possible attack against Kurdish armed groups operating in the area.

“The actions of Turkey and Iran complement themselves. We reached good agreements to prevent terrorists passing from one side of the border to the other,” Bagheri said.