Turkey-Iraq dialogue's level depends on Iraq

Turkish FM Babacan on Monday stressed that the level and the frequency of dialogue would be closely related to concrete action against the PKK.

Turkey-Iraq dialogue's level depends on Iraq
Foreign Minister Ali Babacan declared on Monday that Turkey would continue to hold dialogue with both Iraqi government and the Kurdish regional administration in the north of Iraq stressing that the level and the frequency of dialogue would be closely related to concrete action against the PKK.

Speaking to reporters at a joint press conference with United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdallah bin Zayid al-Nuhayyan, Babacan said Turkish officials travelled to Baghdad last week to hold first direct talks with the Kurdish regional administration.

He said these talks were quite positive, and added Turkish officials made it clear to all parties that Turkey wants peace and stability throughout Iraq, The New Anatolian reported.

"Closer dialogue will continue with both central government of Iraq and the regional administration in the north of Iraq on fight against terrorism, energy and trade issues in the future," he said.

"The level and the frequency of this dialogue will be closely related to concrete action especially on fight against terrorism."

Last week, a Turkish delegation, led by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Chief Adviser Ahmet Davutoglu, met with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the Prime Minister of the Kurdish administration in north of Iraq Nechirvan Barzani.
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