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Turkey to reopen consulates in Iraqi Basra, Mosul

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has announced that Turkey will reopen its consulates in Iraq’s Mosul and Basra.

In a late Thursday remarks with reporters following a meeting with Iraqi President Barham Salih, Çavuşoğlu said the consulates were closed due to security reasons.

“Our consulate in Basra is still there, we must first evaluate conditions and speak to tribal leaders and local dignitaries. Then we can take the first steps towards reactivating the mission,” Turkish Ambassador to Iraqi Fatih Yildiz said in an earlier statement.

Turkey closed its Mosul consulate in 2014 after ISIS militants overran the northern Iraqi city and kidnapped 49 Turkish diplomats.