Turkish PM Meets Iraq’s Kurdish Leaders
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has met with leaders in Iraq’s Kurdistan capital of Erbil, his second stop in the violence-plagued country after Baghdad, as he continues the bond-building visit.
In talks with the Kurdish region’s President Masoud Barazani on Friday, energy and military cooperation were discussed following a visit seen as a solution to long-standing tensions between Ankara and Baghdad.
“I’m very happy to be visiting Erbil as prime minister,” Dabutoglu said, adding that discussions had focused on humanitarian aid to Iraq’s IDPs and security as well as economic cooperation.
“I would like to reiterate that Turkey will continue to look after its brothers,” he said, in reference to those forced to flee ISIL. “We have built camps in Duhok with a total capacity of 35,000 people.”