Massoud Barzani arrives in Turkey for high level talks
Kurdistan Regional President Massoud Barzani arrived in Ankara on Aug. 23 for a series of key talks, one day before U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s planned visit to the Turkish capital.

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.

News Code: 14014  |  Date: 2016/08/23  |  Time: 23 : 27

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