Turkey starts building wall on Iran border

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Tehran (ISNA) - Turkey has begun construction of a wall along the border with Iran in parallel with the Turkish barrier along the Syrian frontier, a Turkish media report says.

The governor of Agri province Suleyman Elban visited the construction process of the security wall, the Dogan news agency reported.

The 2-meter-wide, 3-meter-high barrier is being built out of portable blocks and is aimed at boosting Turkey’s security by keeping out smugglers and stopping infiltration by Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in June that his country plans to build walls along its borders with Iraq and Iran, similar to the one being erected along the 911-kilometer frontier with Syria.

An informed source at the Iranian Foreign Ministry said a day later that Turkey must keep Iran updated on any construction of a wall along the two countries’ border.

The source added that Iran welcomes Turkey’s plan and does not oppose it; however, Ankara must notify Tehran before any move.

Iran is also fighting a PKK offshoot in its northwestern border region with Turkey. Iranian forces killed five PJAK terrorists in an ambush there last June.

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