Iran welcomes Turkey-Iraq rapprochement
Iran has welcomed a recent rapprochement between Turkey and Iraq, which reached a new level after Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim visited the Iraqi capital on Jan. 6.

“We welcome the easing of tension and the restoration of friendship relations between Turkey and Iraq,” Dogan News Agency quoted senior advisor to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Ali Akbar Velayati, as saying on Jan. 8.

 “The happiness of regional nations lies in regional cooperation by avoiding tension,” he said.

Velayeti’s remarks come as Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim paid a visit to Iraq after months of rows over a camp in Iraq, where Turkish troops train Iraqi Sunni local forces to combat jihadists of the Islamic State (IS), Hurriyet daily reported. 

Describing Turkey’s stance “regarding respecting its neighbor’s territorial integrity” as a “positive step,” Velayeti said they wished for friendly to be established between Turkey and Syria.

“The tension between Turkey and Syria is neither for the benefit of Turkey nor for Syria,” he added.

Turkey and Russia recently reached a country-wide cease-fire in Syria and hope to bring the parties around a table in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana for peace talks later this month.

News Code: 15006  |  Date: 2017/01/09  |  Time: 9 : 31

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