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Turkey to play further role in mending Baghdad-Erbil dispute: FM

Mevlut Cavusoglu

 

Turkey will play a more effective role to mend the disputes between Baghdad and Erbil, Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu said to reporters Wednesday.

Cavusoglu added the Kurdistan Region Government (KRG) had reached out to Turkey in a bid to mend relations with Ankara.

Ankara received a visit request from Kurdistan Region’s PM Nechirvan Barzani, Cavusoglu added in the meeting dedicated to discuss Turkey’s foreign policy vision for 2018.

“We want to be certain of some things. Surely there are requests and these are being evaluated.”

Cavusoglu said that Turkey has been the only honest country with the KRG.

“The Region’s gate to the world is Turkey," he added.

Turkey is an important partner for the Kurdistan Region. The KRG exports its oil, its main revenue source, through a pipeline to Turkey’s Ceyhan port.

Ankara has trained Peshmerga forces in the war against ISIS and has treated wounded Kurdish soldiers.

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