Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani has come to Istanbul in order to discuss latest regional developments with Turkish leaders on Saturday morning.
Barzani will reportedly have a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu at 12:00 PM at the Dolmabahce Palace and he will then attend a gathering with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at 14:00 PM.
The high-level visit from the Kurdish autonomous region of northern Iraq comes at a time when the Turkish government and Iraq’s central government have been rebuking each other concerning Turkey’s recent military deployment in the Bashiqa town of Iraq’s Mosul province.
Turkish Armed Forces on Dec. 4 deployed around 150 soldiers and 25 tanks to the town of Bashiqa, located in Iraq’s northern province of Mosul, with the claim of replacing the troops that have reportedly been training Peshmerga forces in the region against DAESH since March 2015.
KRG President Massoud Barzani had also visited Turkey about two weeks ago, when he met with Erdogan and Davutoglu speaking on the significance of encouraging Turkmens, Kurds and Arabs to live in peace and harmony in the region.
They called for avoiding such actions that may cause division within Iraq following the meetings.
The Undersecretary of Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Feridun Sinirlioglu and Chief of the National Intelligence Organisation Hakan Fidan visited Baghdad immediately after Barzani’s visit.
Following the highlighted visit, the Turkish government declared that Turkey will reorganise its military units in northern Iraq.
Turkish Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz has recently said that Turkey’s redeployment of its units will continue in northern Iraq.