Babacan, Jordanian FM hold joint press conference

Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said Saturday that Turkey and Jordan were committed to work toward maintaining peace and stability in the Middle East, citing a strong dialogue between the two countries.

Babacan, Jordanian FM hold joint press conference
Turkish Foreign Minister & Chief Negotiator for the European Union (EU) talks Ali Babacan said on Saturday that target of the ground operation, launched in the north of Iraq on Friday, was the terrorist PKK organization.

Speaking at a joint news conference with Jordanian Foreign Minister Salah al-Bashir, Babacan said Turkey attached importance to territorial integrity and political unity of Iraq.

"Unfortunately, 5 soldiers died during the operations. Turkey strongly defends territorial integrity and political unity of Iraq. As you know, a busy diplomacy traffic continues in parallel with the operation. Turkish General Staff made necessary statements regarding the operation and will continue to do so," he added.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said Saturday that Turkey and Jordan were committed to work toward maintaining peace and stability in the Middle East, citing a strong dialogue between the two countries.

"Our mutual aim is to further develop relations between our two countries in every field," Babacan said.

Turkish foreign minister said a memorandum of understanding was signed during the meeting in order to establish a political consultation group between the two countries.

Babacan also stated that issues such as developments in the wake of Annapolis conference, Lebanon, Iraq and Kosovo were also on the agenda of the meeting.

Jordanian FM Al-Bashir said on his part that terrorism should be condemned with strongest terms possible, adding that terrorism hindered economic and social development.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Şubat 2008, 15:23
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