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Erdogan to visit Iraq after March 31 local elections: Turkish FM

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will officially visit Iraq following the local elections that will be held on or before March, 31, throughout the 81 provinces of Turkey.

Turkey is closely following up the latest developments in Iraq, Cavusoglu said, adding that reconstruction of cities and the formation of a comprehensive government is one of the top priorities for Iraq now.

Cavusoglu said that Iraq is still facing terrorist threats, which Turkey is working with the international community to eliminate, according to him.

He said that he plans to make a visit to Baghdad and Erbil soon, in preparation for Erdogan's upcoming visit.

Concerning reconstruction efforts in Iraq, the Turkish foreign minister said that Ankara has pledged to pay a loan of $5 billion to Baghdad for the reconstruction of the country's cities after Iraq managed to eliminate ISIS.

Turkish businessmen will benefit from this loan, Cavusoglu said, adding that Turkish businessmen will use this loan to implement projects in Iraq and revive trade between the two states.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed al-Hakim met Thursday with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara to discuss issues of mutual concern. Combating terrorism and the reconstruction process in Iraq came on the top of topics discussed during the meeting.

Iraqi President Barham Salih also visited Ankara earlier, where he met his counterpart  Erdogan.

Salih said in a joint press conference with Erdogan that Iraq and Turkey need a comprehensive agreement to end the water issue, stressing the importance of the Turkish role in the reconstruction process in Iraq.

"We are in Turkey in order to reach solutions to the outstanding issues," Salih said, adding that "Iraq and Turkey need a comprehensive agreement that includes ending the water issue."

 

Last Modified: Sunday، 03 February 2019 09:56 PM
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