World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Friday that Turkey is making efforts to help in maintaining the unity, solidarity and integrity of Iraq and to help the Iraqi people shape the future of their country.
Davutoglu held a joint press conference after his meeting with the Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITF) leader, Ersad Salihi, in the Turkish capital of Ankara.
Expressing his sadness over the assassination attempt on Salihi, Davutoglu stated that "All sects in Iraq; Sunni, Shiite, Arab, Turkmen, Kurd or Christian, are brothers and sisters to Turkey and to the Turkish people. Any loss of life makes our heart ache."
The top Turkish diplomat underscored that the Turkmens' security, their participation in political life and their economic welfare are key to Iraqi politics.
"We are committed to help all our Iraqi brothers and sisters to act wisely, especially in the elections, for the sake of the unity, solidarity and integrity of Iraq, and to shape the future of their country together," he said.
Davutoglu also noted that Turkmens were not "a secondary or temporary but a main constituent element of Iraq."
Iraqi Turkmen Front Leader Ersad Salihi, on his part, said Turkmens are a main element in Iraq, adding that Turkmens' precence in Iraq dated back to the pre-Ottoman period.
"The better the relations between Baghdad and Ankara, the more peaceful life will be for Turkmens in Iraq," added Salihi.
He also suggested that Turkmens serve as a "solid bridge" between Turkey and Iraq, citing the Turkish government's equal stance towards all sects and groups of the Iraq as a an example for other countries.Last Mod: 07 Aralık 2013, 09:49