Turkey and Iraq work to repair bilateral ties

Turkey and Iraq work to repair bilateral ties

After nearly two year of cold ties, Turkey and Iraq are intensifying talks to repair bilateral relations, as Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is set to visit Baghdad on Nov. 10 Hurriyetdailynews reported.

Davutoglu is expected to meet the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Foreign Minister Hosyhar Zebari along with other high-level Iraqi officials in a visit only weeks after Zebari held talks in Ankara. Al-Maliki's visit to Ankara in the coming months is also on the agenda, but the final date has not been set yet.

Turkey contributed most to democratization

"It was Turkey who made the most contribution to the democratization process of Iraq," Davutoglu said in a televised interview on Nov. 8, referring to the developments in this neighboring country following elections in 2006.

Davutoglu described the current chilliness in bilateral ties as conjectural and pointed out the internal tension in Iraq as the primary reason of ruined Ankara-Baghdad relations.

"(Internal tension) had not only effects on us but on the entire region. The political principle we are pursuing here is to allow a political process that will embrace all segments," Davutoglu stressed.

Turkey never tried to intervene with the internal affairs of its neighbors, he said, but adding that developments in regional countries affect other countries.

"It's particularly much more visible in the frame of Iraq and Syria," he said.

Davutoglu's visit comes only days after reports suggested Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) agreed on a comprehensive energy deal that includes oil, natural gas licenses and a pipeline to carry them from northern Iraq to Turkey. The deal is seen as controversial as the Iraqi central government and the regional government has not yet resolved their problem in sharing revenues.

"None of the (prepared) agreements ignore the rights of the central government or erode the central government's legal and constitutional rights. Afterwards, we will discuss all of these things (with Iraq)," Davutoglu underlined.

The Turkish foreign minister also stressed Turkey's policy was to be interested in the whole of Iraq's energy resources, not to only focus on those of northern Iraq, stating that transporting Iraqi sources through Turkey was in fact to the interest of Iraqi people.

Ties with Israel

On ties with Israel, recalling that some Israeli officials admitted Israel was wrong in attacking the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara vessel and killing unarmed civilians, Davutoglu said it was important that Israelis were examining their acts through these sorts of statements.

"This would mean that Israel has learned its lesson out of this issue and will not to repeat the same mistakes," the foreign minister said. An Israeli former military intelligence chief recently admitted that what happened in the Mavi Marmara raid was a big mistake.

Retired Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin was the chief of the military intelligence during the deadly raid in 2010 that killed nine Turkish citizens on board. "What happened with Mavi Marmara was a great mistake. Both Israel and Turkey made mistakes and I wish those incidents did not happen," Yadlin told Anadolu Agency.

When asked if he would act the same if the incident happened today, he said: "With these experiences, those incidents would not happen today."

New service of money transfers between Russia, Azerbaijan launched
New service of money transfers between Russia, Azerbaijan launched
Azerbaijani State Insurance Commerce Company talks about closure of some branches
Azerbaijani State Insurance Commerce Company talks about closure of some branches
Overdue debt increases in Georgia
Overdue debt increases in Georgia
Loading Bars
Europe’s oil & gas industry marks 28% increase in cross-border deals
Oil extends losses on worry over possible supply increase from OPEC
Uzbekistan reveals its COVID-19 data for March 2
Gas production dep’t managed by Uzbekneftegaz announces tender for construction of rotational camp
Iran interested in rapid revival of liberated territories of Azerbaijan – Iranian Ambassador (INTERVIEW) (PHOTO)
Georgia to secure AstraZeneca vaccine in coming weeks
Iran-made COV-Pars vaccine one of world best vaccines: Official
Kazakhstan reports 658 new COVID-19 cases over past day
Chinese mainland reports 11 new imported COVID-19 cases
Uruguay begins vaccination drive against COVID-19
Uzbekistan reveals priorities for agriculture dev’t for 2021
5.1-magnitude quake hits 11 km S of Urrao, Colombia
Iraq reports 3,599 new COVID-19 cases, 699,088 in total
UN chief asks for generous donations for Yemen humanitarian operations
5 killed in helicopter crash in east China
New service of money transfers between Russia, Azerbaijan launched
Number of COVID-2019 cases across globe up by over 347,000 in past day
EU to propose vaccine certificates in time for summer holidays
Turkey eases coronavirus restrictions as cafes, eateries reopen
European Council President pledges Georgia to have access to Covid-19 vaccine
First vaccine against coronavirus registered in Uzbekistan
Iran, Syria enjoy $1.5 billion trade capacity: Official
More cargo from Georgia to Lithuania expected in future by Klaipeda Seaport
Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Ambassador of Belarus discuss prospects for development of military co-op
Azerbaijani FM, Uzbek ambassador exchange views on current situation in region (PHOTO)
Numerous people take part in online survey on return to Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh region
Azerbaijani State Insurance Commerce Company talks about closure of some branches
Azerbaijan to develop new services for microfinance sector
Overdue debt increases in Georgia
Georgia sees increase in volume of deposits in lari
Georgian commercial banks see decline in lending
Azerbaijan to use Turkey's experience in restoring monuments in liberated lands (PHOTO)
Georgian farmers can now get diesel benefits online
Iran's Energy Exchange announces products to be on sale on March 2
Azerbaijani SOFAZ unveils volume of foreign currency sold at auctions during February
Presidential website releases full version of press-conference of Azerbaijani president (VIDEO)
Uzbekistan, Organization of Islamic Cooperation talk prospects of cooperation
Georgia to secure first doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
Iran’s Bahar Azadi gold coin price rebounds
Statement in support of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity adopted at conference in Iran (PHOTO)
Contract signed in Iran on fish farming
Former French president Sarkozy convicted of corruption, handed jail sentence
Iran and Georgia fix problem with transit of trucks, through Azerbaijan
Azerbaijani SME Development Agency receives numerous applications for creation of businesses in liberated lands
Beekeeping to rapidly develop in liberated Azerbaijani lands - Association
Uzbekistan’s state budget expenditures mainly account for social sphere
State Insurance Organization opens tender for installation of drip irrigation system
Buta Airways Launches Flights to Tbilisi
Non-oil exports from Azerbaijan show uptick - CAERC
Russian industrial holding sells its shares in Uzbek cement enterprise
EU to propose vaccine passports in March in time for summer
Azerbaijan and Iran to build new bridge over Astarachay - Iranian ambassador
Kazakhstan resumes flights from Almaty to Kyrgyzstan
Azerbaijan confirms 71 more COVID-19 recoveries
First UAE ambassador arrives in Israel, eyes Tel Aviv embassy
China's import of Azerbaijani products grows multifold in value terms
Turkmen Health Ministry opens tender to purchase of medical equipment
Volume of fish caught in Iran's Golestan Province announced
Gasoline prices surge in Kazakhstan
Iran seeks to enhance relations between Caspian states in transport sphere - ambassador
Turkey records lower revenues from car export to Iran in Jan. 2021
Raiffeisen Bank continues to monitor Turkmenistan's business perspectives
Azerbaijan publishes data on computer security requests for February
Azerbaijan issues data on foreign trade turnover of precious stones, natural pearls
Azerbaijani army's mortar batteries continue live-fire training exercises (VİDEO)
Iran and Azerbaijan to cooperate in reconstruction of Karabakh
Georgia thanks EU for strong partnership and support
Turkey issues data on Jan. 2021 volume of crude oil shipment via local ports
New organizations registered within Azerbaijan's 'gov.az' web domain
Turkey records substantial growth in exports to Turkic-speaking countries
Weekly review of Georgian capital markets (Feb.22 through Feb.26)
Germany eyes co-op with Uzbekistan in construction of Mazar-i-Sharif – Kabul – Peshawar railway
Kazakhstan boosts imports from Vietnam
WTO to hold ministerial meeting in Geneva in late 2021
Azerbaijan plans to raise SMEs' share in non-oil GDP by 2025
Data on quality of services from Azerbaijani mobile operators issued
Uzbekistan attracts Russian experts for reconstruction of Sardoba reservoir
Turkmenistan allocates land for planting legumes in Dashoguz region
Details of release of Iranian blocked assets in South Korea
Iran to restrict sea traveling during Nowruz holiday
Payments firm Klarna triples valuation to $31 billion by raising $1 billion
Iran to increase border control
Georgia aims to import wheat from Kazakhstan
Iran reveals COVID-19 data for March 1
UK consumer credit slumped as new lockdown hit in January
Azerbaijan's SOCAR Polymer maintains leading positions on export in private sector
Saudia plans to order 70 Airbus, Boeing jets
Number of payment cards in circulation surges in Kazakhstan
Ankara hosts meeting of Joint Azerbaijan-Turkey Commission on Culture (PHOTO)
S&P names key risks for Georgian economy in 2021
OECD recommends steps to develop export-oriented agriculture sector of Georgia
Kazakhstan Railways opens tender to buy pipes
Uzbekneftegaz launches second compressor station at Alan field
Uzbek-Korean JSC announces tender for transport services
Iran plans to increase amount of airplanes flying over its territory
Iranian gov't approves a seven-year plan to save Gorgan Bay
Iran's Atomic Energy Organization talks Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant
Non-cash payments by foreigners in Azerbaijan plummet
Azerbaijan's satellite operator discloses revenues for Jan.2021
Turkish TOBB reveals number of registered Iranian companies in Jan.2021
All news