Iraq's Foreign Ministry said that Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Iraq soon, after Iraqi President Barham Salih met with Erdogan as part of his official visit to Ankara.
During the meeting between Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Hakim and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, the two diplomats discussed a number of issues of mutual interest, a statement issued by the ministry said.
Hakim affirmed "the importance and depth of the Iraqi-Turkish relations, which extend to great social, economic and political horizons," the statement read. Hakim also said that "the the two countries must coordinate all efforts to overcome the obstacles that can prevent the establishment of balanced and sustainable relations," according to the statement.
He also called on Turkey "to support the reconstruction of liberated areas [which] positively reflects the stability of the people of these areas and helps pushing forward the economy in Iraq and Turkey alike."
For his part, Cavusoglu thanked Hakim and expressed his wishes to the new Iraqi government to succeed in its mission and to achieve what the Iraqi people aspire to.
The two sides agreed, according to the statement, "to resume work within the Iraqi-Turkish Joint Commission, which will be held in Iraq early this year, during the upcoming visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Iraq."