Maliki was greeted by Ankara Governor Kemal Onal, Turkey's Special Envoy to Iraq Murat Ozcelik and diplomats from the Iraqi Embassy at Ankara's Esenboga International Airport.
Speaking to reporters at the airport, Maliki said that "I have arrived for bilateral relations. I believe that we can carry our relations to higher levels. We agreed on establishing a committee during Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent visit to Baghdad. The first meeting of this committee took place in Baghdad and the second meeting took place in Ankara. We are here to protect all interests of the two countries".
In response to a question on the fight against PKK and the trilateral committee formed between Turkey, Iraq and the United States in the fight against terror, Maliki said that "the trilateral committee was established and it conducted a meeting in Baghdad that resulted in various decisions. We support decisions taken by this committee. The priority of this committee is the fight against PKK".
Nuri al-Maliki is being accompanied by a large delegation.
Maliki will be received by Turkish President Abdullah Gul and later he will meet his Turkish counterpart Erdogan on Wednesday.
Issues such as the fight against PKK, the new term following the security agreement between Iraq and the United States, and bilateral relations are expected to be discussed during Maliki's talks in Ankara.
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