Turkey, Iraq discuss joint steps against PKK

Erdogan and al-Maliki discussed possible political and military steps that could be taken against PKK.

Turkey, Iraq discuss joint steps against PKK

The Turkish prime minister said on Wednesday that Turkey and Iraq would continue their joint fight against terrorism.

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey would continue countering terrorism in solidarity with Iraq.

Erdogan had over one-hour meeting with his Iraqi counterpart Nuri al-Maliki at the Prime Ministry Residence in the Turkish capital of Ankara.

During the meeting, Erdogan and al-Maliki discussed possible political and military steps that could be taken and the Iraqi prime minister called on Turkish contractors to invest in Iraq.

Erdogan said that Turkey and the central government of Iraq defined the PKK as a terrorist organization, and Turkey, Iraq and the United States maintained the trilateral mechanism in fight against terrorism.

"Both Iraq and Turkey are in a serious fight against terrorism, and terrorism is our common issue," he said.

Erdogan also said that it was not possible to tolerate an understanding that declared human beings and humanity as an enemy.

Erdogan later hosted a luncheon in honor of al-Maliki.

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