Turkish Prime Minister arrives in Baghdad
Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim arrived in Baghdad on Saturday for talks with top Iraqi officials scheduled to primarily focus on Turkish military presence in Iraq.

According to Iraqi News Yildirim is heading a high-level delegation that also comprises the ministers of defense, education, energy, economy and trade. He is slated for a visit to Kurdistan region in the north of Iraq.

Iraqi premier Haider al-Abadi was absent from the reception at Baghdad International Airport, Rudaw reported.

This is the second visit to Iraq by a Turkish prime minister since November 2014.

Ankara and Baghdad have recently showed intentions to relieve tensions in bilateral relations that reached its peak in November as Baghdad pressed Ankara to withdraw troops from a military base in Bashiqa.

Yildirim said in press statements on Friday that the visit would discuss his country’s military deployment and driving out the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) out of Sinjar region in Nineveh.

News Code: 14987  |  Date: 2017/01/07  |  Time: 12 : 34

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