World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said on Tuesday that his Iraq visit aims to protect Turkey's interests in Iraq and to reinforce stability in the region.
Holding a press conference at Esenboga Airport of the Turkish capital of Ankara before his departure for Iraq, Kilicdaroglu stated that he was going to Iraq in order to contribute in reminding the world of Turkey's peaceful face.
"Our visit aims at paving the way for Turkey- Iraq relations especially in politics and economy along with easing and helping improvement of the relations," he said.
Kilicdaroglu stressed that the people of Iraq is the key milestone in maintaining the regional peace and stability in the Middle East and ensuring a strong Iraqi state that has assured its welfare, social end economic stability.
Turkish main opposition leader also noted that they are going to Iraq, as CHP, to protect Turkey's interests in Iraq and to reinforce stability in the region, adding that his party is respectful of the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of all the neighbouring countries of Turkey accordingly that of Iraq.
"Our Iraqi policy is based on the principles of active cooperation in accordance with mutual respect as well as common history, culture and interests. Iraq is an important country for Turkey in terms of both trade and economy. We also intend in our visit to provide new opportunities for and solve the problems of our businessmen in Iraq," remarked Kilicdaroglu.
Kilicdaroglu added that "We will together with all political parties protect Turkey's interests. Our main goal is to make Turkey a really strong and active country that is not abstracted from the developments in its region. As for the stability in the region, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt are of key importance."
"We want to voice peace, friendship and neighbourhood to the whole world. We must keep in mind that foreign policy is based on the mutual interests of states," he concluded.