US-Iran thaw forces Iraq to revive ties with Turkey, says expert

The renewed ties are "strategic" with potential benefits for both sides, says Ali Bekir of USAK.

US-Iran thaw forces Iraq to revive ties with Turkey, says expert

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The recent warming of relations between the US and Iran has forced the Iraqi central government to draw closer to Turkey, says a Middle East expert based in Turkish capital Ankara.

A new era begins in Turkish-Iraqi relations as the two neighboring states have unfrozen high-level ties following a Baghdad visit by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Ali Bekir of the International Strategic Research Organization (USAK) told AA on Wednesday.

"These developments are strategic in nature. The thaw between the US and Iran has significant influence over Iraqi Premier Maliki," Bekir explained. "Both this thaw and approaching relations force the Iraqi central government to revive its links with Turkey."

Bekir argues Maliki wants to win the favor of the US by becoming closer to the Turkish government.

"Iraq is trying to approach Turkey on common issues, such as sectarian conflicts. On the Turkish side, the crisis in Syria has put pressure on Ankara to reestablish contact with Baghdad."

The diplomacy initiative allows Turkey to have a better understanding of what's going on in Iraq before the elections, as well as offering a common platform to discuss terrorism and other issues of shared concern, Bekir maintains.

Foreign Minister Davutoglu met top Iraqi officials in Baghdad on Monday, in an official visit that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan described as "very effective."

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki went to Washington less than a fortnight ago, holding talks with Vice President Joe Biden and defense chiefs.

Last Mod: 13 Kasım 2013, 15:59
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