Turkey to open consulate in N. Iraq's Irbil if necessary

Erdogan said that Turkey would open consulate general in Irbil if necessary.

Turkey to open consulate in N. Iraq's Irbil if necessary

The Turkish prime minister said on Friday that Turkey would open consulate general in Irbil if necessary.

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey would open a consulate general in Irbil if necessary.

"Turkey will improve its relations with the northern Iraqi administration in a very different way," Erdogan told a gathering of his Justice & Development (AK) Party in Istanbul.

Erdogan said Syria and Iraq were also supporting the "democratic move". The Turkish prime minister said his government would take necessary steps bravely to make the brotherhood, that continued for a thousand years, eternal.

The AK Party would not allow any one to hamper this opportunity, Erdogan said.

Erdogan also said his government would complete this process within the framework of democracy and law.

The prime minister defined the process as a fraternity project, and a project to strengthen national unity and solidarity, and pledged to maintain the process without making concessions of democracy, law and brotherhood.

Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced in July that his government initiated a move to deal with the Kurdish issue and the Ministry of Interior was assigned with the coordination of this task.

As a first step, Interior Minister Atalay held a press conference to inform the public about the government's "democratic move" to address the so-called "Kurdish issue". Atalay made clear that this was a process where measures would be shaped along the way through consensus of all state organs and all components of the society. Atalay said they would visit all political parties to ask for their contribution and support.

He later met with a group of journalists at a workshop titled "Solution of the Kurdish Issue: Towards a Turkey Model".

Atalay, so far, visited several political parties and non-governmental organizations.

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