Turkish Minister: road map developed in US-Iraq meeting over PKK

A counter-terrorism meeting was held in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad with the participation of Turkish, Iraqi and American officials on Sunday.

Turkish Minister: road map developed in US-Iraq meeting over PKK

A counter-terrorism meeting was held in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad with the participation of Turkish, Iraqi and American officials on Sunday.

Speaking to reporters after the gathering, Turkish Interior Minister Besir Atalay said that the first session of the meeting, which focused on the fight against PKK, was completed in Baghdad and the second session would be held in Irbil on Monday.

Atalay said the contributions made by the tripartite mechanism established by Turkey, Iraq and the United States to the fight against PKK, as well as the results of the measures taken by the three countries since last year, were reviewed at the gathering in Baghdad.

Pointing to the progress achieved in the concrete steps taken by the tripartite mechanism during the last one year, Atalay said, "New concrete measures and decisions that will contribute remarkably to the joint fight carried out by Turkey, Iraq and USA for the destruction of PKK were assessed during today's meeting. Moreover, a road map was developed".

Noting that the three countries expressed their determination to intensify activities aiming at PKK's destruction, Atalay said the group of officials would proceed to Irbil on Monday to carry on with the meeting.

"We believe the steps we are taking within the framework of the tripartite mechanism will contribute to peace and stability in Iraq. The fight against terrorism is not an issue only for Turkey. It is a matter that concerns USA, Iraq and the whole world. In this context, our tripartite mechanism is a concrete part of the fight against international terrorism," Atalay said.

Delivering a statement after the meeting, Iraqi Security Minister Sherwan al-Waili said that they provided detailed answers to all the questions directed by the Turkish party regarding the Makhmour camp.

"We are trying to find a joint solution for this camp. We want to close this file which is a threat for the security of both countries" al-Waili said.

"This commission will carry on with its activities in a positive way. Our aim is to block the activities of all terrorist organizations including PKK," the Iraqi minister added.



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