January 20, 2021 | government

Barzani Receives Turkish Defense Minister to Discuss Bilateral Ties


ERBIL — Kurdish prominent leader Masoud Barzani on Tuesday received the Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar in Erbil where they discussed bilateral ties and strengthening cooperation between Erbil, Baghdad, and Ankara.

Barzani Headquarters said in a statement that the Turkish defense minister had reaffirmed the importance of close cooperation to improve stability in Iraq.

Akar emphasized that the security and stability of Iraq and Kurdistan Region would help the economic development of the region as a whole, according to the statement.

“On the relations between the [Kurdistan] Region and Baghdad, the Turkish defense minister stated that his county hopes the sides will address their disputes through dialogue and within the framework of the Constitution.”

Barzani mentioned the historic relations between the Kurdistan Region and Turkey to underline the principles of friendly neighborhood, the statement added.

“We discussed the ongoing cooperation between Iraq, the Kurdistan Region and Turkey and stressed the significance of further strengthening that correlation,” Barzani wrote on Twitter.

Accompanied by a high-level delegation, the Turkish defense minister arrived in Baghdad on Monday, from where he flew to Erbil to meet with the top Kurdish officials.

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