Turkey’s Attendance at Grand Kurdish Conference Still Undecided

It has not been yet decided if Turkey is going to attend a grand Kurdish conference planned to take place in Arbil in late August that is expected to bring together major Kurdish political groups in the Middle East, Foreign Ministry spokesman Levent Gümrükçü told media on Tuesday.
Gümrükçü, speaking during a press conference at the ministry, told reporters that the upcoming Kurdish congress was discussed during a visit Nechirvan Barzani, the prime minister of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), paid to Turkey on July, 30 as Ankara expressed its expectations about the conference to Barzani first hand.
Recently, some media reports claimed that some officials from the Turkish National Security Organization (MIT) and Turkish Consulate General in Arbil are expected to attend the conference to brief Ankara about the issues on the table.
The spokesperson said Barzani had reassured Turkey on that no decision that might concern Ankara would be made during the conference.

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