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Iraq: Turkish PM meets with Iraqi Kurdish leaders in Erbil to strengthen ties01:06

Iraq: Turkish PM meets with Iraqi Kurdish leaders in Erbil to strengthen ties

Iraq, Erbil
January 8, 2017 at 17:59 GMT -00:00 · Published

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim was received by President of Iraqi Kurdistan Masoud Barzani and Prime Minister of Iraqi Kurdistan Nechervan Idris Barzani, in Erbil, Sunday, to discuss the prospect of strengthening ties between Turkey and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

The meeting comes as part of Yildirim's two-day visit to Iraq aimed at normalising relations between Turkey and Iraq following the diplomatic spat over the presence of Turkish troops in the Bashiqa region, northeast of Mosul, which Baghdad claimed to be unauthorised while Ankara said the forces were there to stay.

On Saturday, Yildirim met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, where he stated that Turkey had pledged to respect Iraq's sovereignty, adding that the two agreed not to interfere in one another's domestic affairs. The two leaders reached an agreement concerning Turkish forces withdrawal from the Bashiqa camp, north of Mosul

During the visit, top Turkish and Kurdish politicians reportedly discussed bilateral cooperation in combatting the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) as well as Turkey's fight against Kurdish separatists spearheaded by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Trade between Ankara and KRG is also on the agenda of the meeting.

Iraq: Turkish PM meets with Iraqi Kurdish leaders in Erbil to strengthen ties01:06
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Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim was received by President of Iraqi Kurdistan Masoud Barzani and Prime Minister of Iraqi Kurdistan Nechervan Idris Barzani, in Erbil, Sunday, to discuss the prospect of strengthening ties between Turkey and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

The meeting comes as part of Yildirim's two-day visit to Iraq aimed at normalising relations between Turkey and Iraq following the diplomatic spat over the presence of Turkish troops in the Bashiqa region, northeast of Mosul, which Baghdad claimed to be unauthorised while Ankara said the forces were there to stay.

On Saturday, Yildirim met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, where he stated that Turkey had pledged to respect Iraq's sovereignty, adding that the two agreed not to interfere in one another's domestic affairs. The two leaders reached an agreement concerning Turkish forces withdrawal from the Bashiqa camp, north of Mosul

During the visit, top Turkish and Kurdish politicians reportedly discussed bilateral cooperation in combatting the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) as well as Turkey's fight against Kurdish separatists spearheaded by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Trade between Ankara and KRG is also on the agenda of the meeting.

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