Turkish PM to visit Iraq
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pay a visit to Iraq to meet with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and his Iraqi counterpart, Nouri al-Maliki, the Turkish Anadolu news agency said.
The Turkish delegation, including several ministers and businessmen, headed by Erdogan will visit Iraq on Oct.15.
The Iraq- Turkey relations mainly concentrated on the joint struggle against the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, as well as on a number of energy and economic projects. The sides have signed a cooperation agreement.
Recently Turkey was a mediator in conciliation of Syria and Iraq. Syria and Iraq recalled their diplomatic representatives, when the Iraqi leadership's demands from Syria to extradite the organizers of huge attacks, which killed 95 people and injured over 500 in Baghdad on Sept.19.
However, Syria has denied these accusations.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davudoglu also said it is very important for Turkey to restore stability in Iraq.
The PKK terrorist bases located in the northern Iraq is a threat for Iraq itself and for neighboring countries, including Turkey, Davudoglu added.
Therefore, Turkey will continue to take extensive measures to fight against terrorist bases in the northern Iraq, as well as expand the role of mediator in reconciliation of Syria and Iraq, Davudoglu said.
Last week the Turkish parliament extended the presence term of its army in the northern Iraq.