Iraq's deputy prime minister expressed willingness on Thursday to improve relations with Turkey.
"We are seeing Turkey as a strategic partner both political and an economic wise, and we want to be partner with our northern neighbor," Barham Salih told Turkish-Arab economic forum in Istanbul.
Salih called Iraq's neighbors to help the country build its war-torn infrastructure, saying that a number of Turkish contractors had already engaged in deals with the Iraqi government.
"The economic development of Iraq would mean development for the region. Our country is trying to integrate with the international economy, and the world economy needs more Iraq and its resources," Salih said.
The Iraqi deputy premier described Turkey as "a major player" in pumping Iraqi oil to the world markets, saying that Ceyhan port in southern Turkey was one of the main centers for Iraq's oil exports.
Salih also urged Turkish companies to cooperate with the Iraqi government to reconst schools, hospitals, railway and highways.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Haziran 2008, 17:59