Davutoglu thanks Iraqi PM for efforts to save 18 Turks

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu holds telephone conversation with his Iraqi counterpart Haider al Abadi over abducted Turkish workers

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (R) speaks at a news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Baghdad

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had a telephone conversation with his Iraqi counterpart Haider al Abadi on Friday over the abduction of 18 Turkish workers in Baghdad and thanked Abadi for efforts to save the workers, official sources said. 

According to Turkish governmental sources, Abadi said that his government was doing everything to save the kidnapped workers while Davutoglu thanked his Iraqi counterpart for the efforts of Iraqi security forces’ in order to save the workers.

Eighteen Turkish workers, employed by a Turkish construction company in charge of building a sports complex in the eastern Baghdad district of Sadr City, were seized in the northeastern district of Habibiya early on Wednesday.

About the workers, Davutoglu also said that "They were there not just to earn their livelihood, but also to contribute to the reconstruction of the Iraqi economy and the Iraq.”

He added that Turkey was ready to make every effort to save Iraq from ISIS militant group. 

Touching on the escalating terror attacks by the outlawed PKK in Turkey, Turkish prime minister also emphasised on Ankara’s aim to destroy ammunition depots and training camps of the terrorist organisation located in Northern Iraq.

“The target of the operations in no way are the Iraqis or Kurdish brothers living in Northern Iraq. Once the arms are laid down by PKK, there will remain no need for operations,” Davutoglu said.

Meanwhile, Abadi thanked Davutoglu for all contributions of Turkey to Iraq, including the training of security forces and said that they would never let Iraqi lands be used for attacks against Turkey.

Davutoglu indicated of a probable visit to Baghdad after the upcoming election on Nov 1 in Turkey.

In the meantime, a separate commission of three Turkish deputies was established by the parliamentary group of the Republican People's Party (CHP) to monitor the rescue efforts and contribute to the ongoing operation. 



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