Turkey's FM meets Iraqi party leader in Ankara

Turkey's FM Davutoglu and head of Iraqi Front for National Dialogue Saleh al-Mutlak in Ankara debated the situation after the general elections held in Iraq on March 7.

Turkey's FM meets Iraqi party leader in Ankara

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and head of Iraqi Front for National Dialogue Saleh al-Mutlak in Ankara debated the situation after the general elections held in Iraq on March 7.

Davutoglu said Turkey was "expecting the regional administration in north of Iraq to assume an active attitude towards fight against terrorism."

Davutoglu said Turkey was "determined to fight against terrorism with its all regional friends, and particularly Iraqi brothers, from now on."

Turkey had always attached utmost importance to formation of a parliament and government including all segments of Iraq and contributing to Iraq's stability, Davutoglu said.

"A government which will contribute to Iraq's stability and which will establish good relations with neighboring countries, particularly Turkey, will be formed in Iraq," he said.

Davutoglu said he hoped Iraqi brothers would get the prosperity and security they deserved.

"Turkey sees the peace, security and stability of Iraqi brothers as its oqn peace and stability, and does not differentiate between Basra and Mosul and Baghdad and Irbil when doing this," he said.

Also, Davutoglu said efforts were under way to set up a new government in Iraq, and held consultations with Massoud Barzani, the head of the regional administration in north of Iraq, within the same framework.

Feridun Sinirlioglu, the undersecretary of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has visited Irbil and conveyed Ankara's message that they wanted to see Barzani in Turkey.

"This visit will be made in an appropriate time, however there is nothing scheduled yet," Davutoglu said.

Davutoglu said Barzani had "made a remark condemning terrorism."

"Turkey's role in Iraq"

The head of an Iraqi political group said on Tuesday that he desired Turkey to play an active role in Iraq.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in capital Ankara, Saleh al-Mutlak, the leader of Iraqi Front for National Dialogue, said that Turkey was like a brother and friend that always stood by Iraqi people during hard times.

Describing Turkey as a "model country in state government" in its region, Mutlak said his movement believed Turkey should play a major role in the establishment of peace and stability, as well as fight against terrorism in Iraq.

Referring to Turkey's call for national unity regardless of religious orders, Mutlak said such a stance was a "realistic point of view" that would serve both the region's and Iraq's stability.

Commenting on the results of the recent elections in Iraq, Mutlak said the Iraqiye list won the elections and was given the right to set up the government. Mutlak called on all the countries to support Iraqis in this process.

Upon a question on when the new government would be formed, Mutlak said several countries had a negative intervention in the ongoing process, adding such intervention should be prevented by the international community.

Noting Turkey might have a certain contribution to such matter, Mutlak said, "We believe Turkey can play a unifying and positive role concerning this issue. Turkey has never intervened in Iraq's domestic affairs. Therefore, it has gained respectability by all the political groups in Iraq".

Pointing to Turkey's important position in the international arena as well, Mutlak said Turkey's contribution to the establishment of the new Iraqi government was of great importance.


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