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Turkish envoy urges regional cooperation to stop foreign meddling

Baghdad, The Turkish ambassador to Baghdad stressed the importance of the visits by the Iranian and Turkish presidents to Iraq, saying cooperation between the three countries will prevent foreign interventions in the region.

Ankara believes that the consensus between Iran, Iraq, and Turkey prevent foreign interventions in the region so it is highly important, said Fateh Yildiz, speaking to the Iraqi Alforat Television Network Friday evening.

Referring to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Baghdad, Yildiz said that it will take place after city councils' elections, i.e. late in March.

He predicted that Erdogan's visit to Baghdad will pertain to issues of mutual interest, including water, expansion of relations, Turkey's participation in reconstruction of Iraq, opening new consulates in the Iraqi cities of Najaf and Kirkuk, fighting terrorism and the issue of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Regarding Turkey's military presence in Bashiqa, northern Iraq, he said that their presence is solely aimed at training.

Iranian media reports suggest that President Rouhani is slated to visit Iraq on March 11, which was first announced by Iran's Minister of Foreign Affairs MohammadJavad Zarif, following his recent visit to Iraq in midJanuary.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA

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