Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali al-Hakim discussed on Monday with Turkey's Ambassador Fatih Yildiz preparations for the anticipated visit of President Barham Salih to Turkey.
The two parties further discussed means of enhancing strategic relations between the two countries and the joint interests in different fields.
Hakim asserted his country’s willingness to enhance its relations with Turkey, asserting the importance of continuing work to achieve the interests of the two countries in the coming period.
For his part, the Turkish ambassador underlined Turkey's "keenness to consolidate relations with Iraq at various levels."
Salih received an official invitation from his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to visit Turkey, according to the Iraqi Presidency on Thursday, Dec. 13.
In a statement, the Presidency said the invitation was conveyed by the Turkish Ambassador to Iraq, Fatih Yildiz, during his meeting with Saleh at the Al-Salam Palace in Baghdad.
During the meeting, the Iraqi president expressed his regards to the Turkish president and thanked him for the invitation.
On Oct. 2, Salih was elected president and conducted his first regional tour last month, which included a number of Gulf states and Iran.