Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu welcomed the autonomous region’s leader at the Esenboga Airport in Ankara.
Barzani was scheduled to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at 6 p.m. and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim at 8 p.m. along with Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu during the visit.
Barzani’s last visit to Turkey was in December 2015, when he received a warm welcome in Ankara for key talks as Turkish jets bombed outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) targets in Iraq.
Peshmerga forces, which are backed by the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Daesh), of which Turkey is also a part, are preparing to launch an assault on the jihadist group to retake Mosul, Hurriyet daily said.
Barzani’s office released a written statement condemning the terrorist attack at a wedding in the southern province of Gaziantep on Aug. 20, in which 54 people, mostly children, were killed. Turkey accuses Daesh of carrying out the bombing.
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