World Bulletin / News Desk
Two weeks ago, Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogann said in an exclusive televised interview that he would be working tirelessly with Iran and Iraq to help bring an end to the Syrian civil war.
Immediately after this statement, the Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu visited Iraq, where he came together with Shiite leader Ayatollah Ali Sistani. A day later, Sistani called on Syrian regime leader Bashar al-Assad to step down. Davutoglu later moved on to Iran, where it is believed the Syria issue was again discussed.
Following his tour of Iran, Qatar and Bahrain, Davutoglu said that all meetings were fruitful, and stated that the Iranian president Hassan Rouhani would be coming to Turkey on December 17. Having also met with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif and Iranian parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani, Davutoglu expressed his hopes for improved economic ties between Turkey and Iran after the nuclear agreements made between Iran and western nations at the P5+1 meetings in Geneva.
The Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki is expected to visit Turkey in December, it what will be the first positive step since ties between Ankara and Baghdad broke down two years ago. It is highly expected that in the planned meetings he will stamp his approval of a new oil pipeline between Turkey and the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government of northern Iraq, and contribute to a discussion regarding the Syria crisis.
Prime Minister Erdogan will also visit Iraq after Maliki’s visit, where he will meet with officials in the Baghdad-based central government, as well as officials from the KRG capital Erbil.
In 2011, relations between Ankara and Baghdad hit a snag when former vice-president Tareq Hashimi, who has been given the death sentence in what many believe is a political conspiracy led by Prime Minister Maliki against him, fled to Turkey.
Last Mod: 28 Kasım 2013, 12:38