Turkey ready for cooperation against violence in Iraq

Turkey shares sorrow for bloodshed in recent acts of violence in Iraq and is ready to cooperate with the Iraqi government, says Turkish foreign minister.

Turkey ready for cooperation against violence in Iraq

World Bulletin / News Desk

"Our region has had enough bloodshed and from now on we have to work together to assure peace and stability in the region," Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told the press with his Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Davutoglu said Turkey shares sorrow for bloodshed in recent acts of violence in Iraq and is ready to cooperate with the Iraqi government to put an end to such attacks.

Davutoglu said Turkey and Iraq attach great importance to Syria crisis and will stand shoulder to shoulder against those who create sectarian violence in the region and added neighboring countries of Syria have been badly affected by the conflict.

More than 100,000 people have been killed in more than two years of conflict in Syria and over two million Syrians are now registered as refugees in neighboring countries,Turkey. Lebanon and Iraq, according to the UN.

Turkey-Iraq relations

There has been a stagnation in Turkish- Iraqi relations recently, Davutoglu said.

"Both Turkey and Iraq have the potential to cooperate in the fields of transport, energy, trade, culture and health and agriculture," he said. " We will discuss integration projects such as increasing the number of border gates between the two countries, and the number of flights and strengthening and renewing the railways."

Meanwhile, Zebari said a new page has been opened in Turkish-Iraqi relations following a recent stagnation.

Davutoglu and himself agreed on launching new political dialogues, Zebari added.

He reiterated that Turkey and Iraq would increase cooperation in the fields of water, agriculture and transport.

Last Mod: 10 Kasım 2013, 18:16
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