Omer Celik and Abdulkadir Aksu, also the deputy chairmen of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, were welcomed in Irbil by Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari and Safin Dizayee, head of IKDP's foreign relations.
The IKDP congress is attended by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who has recently been assigned to form Iraq's new government, as well as Massoud Barzani, head of the regional adminstration in Iraq's north.
Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Deputy Chairman Mesut Deger, Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) lawmakers Bengi Yildiz and Hamti Geylani are also attending the IKDP congress.
AKP deputy addresses congress
Abdulkadir Aksu, deputy chairman of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, on Saturday delivered a speech at a congress meeting of the Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (IKDP) in Irbil.
Aksu said Turkey and Iraq not only shared a common border but also a common history and a cultural heritage as well, adding Turkey considered Iraq's north as a gateway to Iraq and the Middle East.
"And Turkey for you is a gateway that opens to Europe. Our two peoples who lived for ages in friendship and brotherhood in Mesopotamia share a common destiny. We are committed to build a common future and I believe that the IKDP leadership share this goal as well. Building that future is our common responsibility, for which we need to join our forces," Aksu said.
Aksu said Iraq's Kurdish region had experienced a rapid course of transformation, adding, "and one of the locomotives behind this transformation is my friend IKDP Chairman Massoud Barzani. I would like to reiterate that we are ready to share our experiences with our Iraqi Kurdish brothers and with all our brothers in Iraq."
Aksu said Turkey attached importance to the Iraqi Kurdish regional administration's contributions to strengthening and deepening relations with Turkey.
"Radical ideologies and ways of terrorism have been outdated in our region. Turkey continues to be in solidarity with its Iraqi Kurdish brothers," Aksu said.