Iraqi president meets senior Kurdish figures in Turkey

Talabani met DTK chairperson Ahmet Turk and deputy chairperson Aysel Tugluk, former Kurdish party leaders banned after a court ruling over PKK links.

Iraqi president meets senior Kurdish figures in Turkey

The Iraqi president met chairperson and deputy chairperson of Turkey's Democratic Society Congress (DTK) in Istanbul on Wednesday.

Iraq's President Jalal Talabani's meeting with DTK chairperson Ahmet Turk and deputy chairperson Aysel Tugluk, former Kurdish party leaders banned after a court ruling over PKK links, took place behind closed doors at Istanbul's Ciragan Palace Kempinski Hotel.

Talabani is in Istanbul to attend the 11th heads of state and government summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO).

"Talabani is in a serious effort to solve Kurdish issue through peaceful means, and we appreciate him," Turk told reporters after the meeting.

Turk said Tugluk and he expressed their views about "how door of peace could be opened, what could be done to improve democratic process, and which steps had to be taken to ensure brotherhood of peoples."

Touching on a democratic autonomy workshop organized by their party, Turk said, "this is just an exchange of views about how we perceive democratic autonomy and how it should be."

Turk said their party would organize more workshops, and discuss the issue with political parties and people.


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