Turkish FM speaks with al-Jafari and Barzani

Mevlut Casvusoglu held phone conversations with Kurdistan Regional Government’s Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jafari

Turkish FM speaks with al-Jafari and Barzani

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkey and Iraq have reiterated support for each other in the fight against the ISIL.

The call for mutual support was made in a telephone call between Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Kurdistan Regional Government’s Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jafari.

According to diplomatic sources, Cavusoglu said Turkey always stood with Iraqi people in their fight against the ISIL.

He also called for the restructuring of the Iraqi security forces.

The Turkish foreign minister said Turkey was ready to support Iraqi security forces with training and equipment.

Barzani and Jafari expressed their gratitude for the Turkish offer.

Relations between Turkey and the central government in Iraq became sour in recent years because of political differences. Baghdad’s anger was particularly visible when it was left out of an energy cooperation deal between Ankara and the Kurdish Regional Government in northern Iraq.

With a new government in place in Baghdad, Iraq is now reaching out to its neighboring countries, while at the same time it fights with an international coalition against the ISIL.

Turkey recently allowed Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces to cross into Syrian town of Kobani through its borders to boost forces already present there battling the ISIL.

Last Mod: 27 Kasım 2014, 13:55
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