Turkey to reopen its Basra and Mosul consulates in Iraq

Turkish FM says consulates were previously closed due to security reasons

Turkey to reopen its Basra and Mosul consulates in Iraq

Turkey will reopen its consulates in the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Basra, the foreign minister announced Thursday.

"We are reopening our Basra and Mosul consulates that we previously had to close due to security reasons," Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters after meeting with Iraqi President Barham Salih in the capital Baghdad.

Also commenting on the missing Saudi journalist case, Cavusoglu said Turkey wants to cooperate with Riyadh, "but Saudi Arabia must also be in cooperation with us".

He added that Turkey will share the facts resulting from the investigation to the world once it is finished.

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been missing since Oct. 2, when he visited the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, amid speculation that he was killed by Saudi authorities. 

Saudi authorities have yet to give a clear explanation on the fate of Khashoggi as several countries -- particularly Turkey, the U.S. and the UK -- press for clarification.

According to his fiancée Hatice Cengiz, Khashoggi first arrived at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Sept. 28. After being told his documents would be ready in a week, Khashoggi went to London and returned to Istanbul on Oct. 1. 

Khashoggi called the consulate and was told "that documents are being prepared" and he could come to the consulate. He went to the diplomatic building on Oct. 2 with Cengiz but was not seen after entering it. 

On the same day, 15 Saudis, including several officials, arrived in Istanbul on two planes and visited the consulate while Khashoggi was also inside, police sources said.

Source: AA

Last Mod: 11 Ekim 2018, 17:08
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