Turkey & Iraq Agree on Anti-Terror Cooperation

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    Turkey, Iraq agree on joint fight against PKK, Daesh during PM Yıldırım's Baghdad visit


    Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım arrived in Iraqi capital Baghdad on Saturday in a visit that will officially mark the end of diplomatic spat between two countries and start a new dialogue for cooperation in key areas as the fight against Daesh and PKK terror, in addition to trade, energy, and water.

    A meeting closed to press was held between Yıldırım and his Iraqi counterpart Haidar al-Abadi. Further meetings are expected to take place with Iraqi President Fuad Masum as well as Speaker of Parliament Salim al-Jabouri.

    In a joint press conference with Abadi after the meeting, Yıldırım said that the issue of Turkish troops in Bashiqa camp near Mosul will be solved with Iraq in a friendly way in line with clearing Daesh terror group. Explaining that the troops were stationed in Bashiqa out of a necessity, Yıldırım said that great measures have been covered to clear Daesh from the region.

    Yıldırım added that two parties have agreed to make the necessary efforts will be made in coordination with Peshmerga and Iraqi troops to clear Sinjar from terrorist elements, referring to PKK presence in the area. "For us, terror is the same no matter where it comes from. Therefore, Sinjar poses a primary threat for Turkey and we thank Dear Prime Minister's sensitivity to leave this threat aside. We are ready to do necessary cooperation in this issue too," Yıldırım said.

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