Turkey Wants to Talk Cooperation Between Erbil, Ankara Over ‘Border Security’

According to rudaw.net, In his upcoming visit to Turkey on Sunday, the president of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, is going to discuss a “range of questions” with the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, including the economy, “border security,” cultural, and humanitarian issues.

Speaking at a press conference, Ibrahim Kalin, spokesperson of the Turkish presidency, said “a range of questions are going to be discussed. Iraqi is important in every aspect, whether it is in terms of economy, border security or humanitarian and cultural sides.”

Kalin added that Ankara and Erbil have a mutual and common goal in the region as “we are on the same front with Mr. Barzani and Erbil administration in combating Daesh [ISIS] and [Kurdistan Workers Party] PKK.”

He believes strengthening cooperation between Erbil and Ankara in this regard “will benefit both sides.”

The presidency’s spokesperson reiterated that “the Barzani visit is of high importance for both sides.”

Turkish leaders have long insisted that PKK fighters should leave Shingal, saying that they will not let the Yezidi town to become “another Qandil” for the PKK.

Turkey has also opposed the Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi entering the predominantly Turkmen town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, fearing they may carry out abuses against the local population.

The Kurdish and Turkish presidents last met in August 2016 in Ankara.