Turkey's FM wants regional free trade zone to include Iraq

Davutoglu said he would travel to Damascus because of the developments in Lebanon.

Turkey's FM wants regional free trade zone to include Iraq


Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met on Sunday Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi in Baghdad.

Davutoglu, currently on a visit to Iraq, met al-Nujaifi and congratulated him over his election as the Parliament Speaker.

Speaking at the meeting, Davutoglu said he was pleased over the developments in Iraq and underlined that, "we will be pleased to see inclusion of Iraq to a free trade zone among Turkey, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon."

Al-Nujaifi said contribution of regional countries, particularly Turkey, was necessary for improvement of Iraq in terms of economy and security. He said Turkey was impartial during Iraq government crisis.

Al-Nujaifi said Turkey could assume a very significant and important role in restoration of stability in the region.

Davutoglu separately met with Iraqi National Alliance Chairman Ibrahim Jaafari, Al-Iraqiyah Party Chairman Ayad Allawi and Iraqi Islamic Supreme Council Ammar al-Hakim.

Referring to his talks with senior Iraqi officials, Davutoglu said the harmonization seen in Iraq created hope about the future. "Iraq has a brilliant future with those virtuous leaders," he said.

Davutoglu said he would travel to Damascus because of the developments in Lebanon and emphasized the importance of High Ranking Strategic Cooperation Council formed with Iraq.

Davutoglu invited Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and stated that Turkey wanted continuation of cooperation in fight against terrorism.

Talabani said relations improved following the agreements signed between Turkey and Iraq. He said they were pleased over the initiatives made by Turkish companies in Iraq.

Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi said they wanted Turkey to focus on service projects and noted that they were expected assistance of Turkey for re-construction of Iraq.
 

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