Turkish FM: No secret agenda over Iraq

Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said Wednesday Turkey had no secret agenda concerning Iraq, and his country's policies toward its southern neighbor are quite transparent.

Turkish FM: No secret agenda over Iraq
"We have no issues with the central Iraqi government and I was the first minister to visit Iraq after Saddam was ousted," Babacan told Turkish reporters over breakfast in Moscow, where he was set to meet his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.

"Our problem with the administration in the north is that it has been refusing to regard PKK as a terrorist organization. Recently we heard certain positive remarks but we are expecting concrete steps in the fight against terrorism," Babacan said.

Babacan stated Turkey had informed Russian government about Turkish military's air operations in Iraq's north, and no negative reaction had come from Russia on the issue.

Asked whether Russia would be included in Nabucco natural gas pipeline, Babacan said Turkey was open to see Russia as a partner of the project.

"We see policies of our two countries as complementary to each other, not rivals, and what is important for us is to diversify resources," Babacan said.

After the press meeting Babacan laid a wreath to on Unknown Soldier Monument.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 21 Şubat 2008, 11:04