Turkey, Iraq high level strategic cooperation to convene

Turkish FM Babacan said a high level strategic cooperation council between Turkey and Iraq would convene in four to five weeks in Istanbul.

Turkey, Iraq high level strategic cooperation to convene

Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said Friday a high level strategic cooperation council between Turkey and Iraq would convene in four to five weeks in Istanbul.

Appearing at a joint press conference after a meeting with Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari, Babacan said several ministers from both countries would gather in the council meeting on the related areas of cooperation.

Babacan said he discussed with Zebari the general situation in Iraq and bilateral relations as well as future projection for 2009.

"We have extended a solid support for Iraq's political unity and its territorial integrity. We have talked to all Iraqi groups and we are exerting any effort for a stable Iraq which lives in safety and prosperity," Babacan said.

Babacan said he also talked with Zebari about the fight against PKK, which he described a common problem hindering relations between the countries.

"We have an ongoing dialogue with both Iraq's central government and the regional administration in country's north," Babacan said, adding that there was also a tri-lateral mechanism between Turkey, Iraq and the United States.

Zebari said on his part that plans were underway to launch a joint command center in Irbil as part the tri-lateral mechanism.

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