Iraqi Kurdish Leader Hold Offical Talks With Turkey’s President Gül
Barzani held separate talks on Monday with Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in meetings which were closed to the media.
During Barzani’s meeting with Erdogan, the pair discussed security and stability in Iraq as well as bilateral relations and energy, said sources from the Turkish prime ministry.
Turkey exports Kurdish oil to international markets and payments from oil revenues are transferred to Turkey’s Halk Bank.
Last month, $93 million was deposited from the sales of Kurdish oil.
Barzani has said Iraq’s Kurds plan to hold an independence referendum within months.
He says Iraq is already effectively partitioned due to the territorial gains made by Sunni militants of the Islamic State — formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
ISIL has swept across large parts of northern and western Iraq and declared a “caliphate” in territories seized across Iraq and Syria.
Turkey, which has its own Kurdish minority, has said it is committed to the territorial integrity of Iraq but has enjoyed burgeoning trade ties with Iraq’s Kurdistan region in recent years and has moved to grant Turkish Kurds greater rights.