World Bulletin / News Desk
While speaking on ATV’s exclusive news program, Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan indirectly signaled to a cooperation agreement between Turkey, Iran and Iraq in tackling the Syria crisis.
Following a number of diplomatic visits to and from Iraq, Erdogan suggested that joint projects would be conducted to ensure stability in the region, mentioning that Iraq has also struggled to maintain peace in its own county which has been ravaged by attacks leading to hundreds of deaths.
He also said that the participation of Iran in these joint projects could possibly be the first step towards to a solution to the Syria crisis.
The Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu accompanied Erdogan to Russia on Friday, where they met Russian president Vladimir Putin to discuss the Syria issue among other topics. Erdogan said that Davutoglu would later go on to visit the United States and Iran, having paid a visit to Iraq two weeks ago, where he met with Shiite leader Ayatollah Ali Sistani and Moqtadar Al-Sadr.
After the meeting, Ali Sistani stated that it was time for Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki and Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to step down from power.