Turkey supports national government in Iraq: PM

Other News Materials 3 April 2009 15:38 (UTC +04:00)

Turkey does not support any grouping or national minority in Iraq, but supports to form the national government in the country, Turkish Receb Tayyib Erdogan said at a news conference on results of the G20 summit in London, CNN Turk reported.

"To hold any grouping will lead to Iraq's collapse," Erdogan said. "Turkey supports to form the unified government in Iraq and will act in this direction."

However, Erdogan said the Iraqi government's weakness will arouse instability in the country. The Iraqi economy is too weak and people live too poorly, he added.

"We hope the Iraqi government is taking enough measures in this direction," Erdogan said.

A key topic of the Turkey and Iraq's discussions is a problem of the Kurdish Labor Party's activity in the northern Iraq.

Turkey conducted several anti-terrorism operations against the Kurdish Labor Party in2008. Ankara urges Bagdad and Kurdistan Administration to close cooperation to combat the Kurdish separatists.

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