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Turkey must inform Iran of any border wall construction: Source

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

According to Press TV, the source added on Tuesday that Iran welcomes Turkey’s plan and does not oppose it; however, Ankara must notify Tehran before any move.

The Iranian official further said the Islamic Republic has no problem with Turkey adopting a new measure in the Iranian-Turkish border as part of what Ankara describes as security strategies.

The source added that the construction of the wall would prevent smuggling of billions of dollars of goods from Turkey to Iran and expressed hope the plan would be implemented as soon as possible.

A high-level Turkish official told Hürriyet daily on Monday that Ankara plans to build a wall on its border with Iran to prevent Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants from entering the country from a camp in Iran.

This as 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.