Turkey's Davutoglu discusses ISIL, refugees with Iraqi FM

The two politicians held talks over ISIL terror in Iraq and Ankara's aid efforts for Iraqi refugees

Turkey's Davutoglu discusses ISIL, refugees with Iraqi FM

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu received Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jafari on Thursday, who is holding talks with top Turkish figures as part of his three-day visit to the country.

"We talked about ISIL, diplomatic bilateral relations as well as Turkish aid to refugees in Iraq," Al-Jafari told the press following a one-hour meeting with Davutoglu at the Prime Ministry Office in Ankara.

He expressed his gratitude to Turkey over its efforts to aid Iraqi refugees.

A top Iraqi diplomat stated that they also discussed strategic matters along with economic and political issues.

Al-Jafari also said he invited Turkish PM Davutoglu to Iraq and expected him in Baghdad soon.

His visit came as ISIL militants continue to carry out a relentless terror campaign in Iraq.

During his three-day visit that began on Wednesday, Al-Jafari has met President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Davutoglu, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek.

"With this visit, we can say that a new page has been opened in our relations. There is a much more inclusive government now and we expect it to embrace all Iraqi people," Cavusoglu told a joint press conference after meeting his Iraqi counterpart on Wednesday. 

Turkey recently allowed around 160 Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces to crossover into the Syrian town of Kobani through its territory to join Kurdish militias fighting against ISIL militants.

An international U.S.-led coalition is currently carrying out airstrikes against ISIL targets in Iraq and Syria.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Kasım 2014, 17:06

Muhammed Öylek