Turkey’s Erdogan welcomes KRG leader

Turkish President Erdogan meets with KRG leader Barzani in Ankara to discuss regional issues

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

KRG President Masoud Barzani (L) welcomed by President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) at the Presidential palace in Ankara, Turkey on December 9, 2015.

Updated Dec 10, 2015

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Masoud Barzani, leader of Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq (KRG), held talks on regional issues and bilateral relations during Barzani’s visit to the presidential complex in Turkey’s capital Ankara.

The meeting, which was closed to the press, lasted 1 hour and 10 minutes.

During the meeting the importance of counter terrorism and cooperation on the matter was emphasised in terms of the stability of the region, according to presidential sources.

President Erdogan said Turkey is determined to combat terror groups including DAESH and the PKK, and spoke about the country’s contribution to the international coalition against the DAESH terrorist organisation.

Erdogan and Barzani also spoke on the significance of encouraging Turkmens, Kurds and Arabs to live in peace and harmony in the region and called for avoiding such actions that may cause divisions within Iraq.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said late Wednesday that Turkish troops are in Iraq to promote stability in the region. 

 “Our existence in Iraq is to ensure the stability of the region because we do not want to be neighbors with DAESH,” Davutoglu said. 

“Therefore, we will support both Iraq and the Kurdish region on all terms,” he added.

Davutoglu announced that the Undersecretary of Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Feridun Sinirlioglu and Chief of the National Intelligence Organization Hakan Fidan will visit Baghdad on Thursday.

TRTWorld and agencies