TURKISH PM ARRIVES IN IRAQ THURSDAY FOR OFFICIAL VISIT

| January 4, 2017

ANKARA, Turkey, Turkish Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, is set to visit Iraq on Thursday (tomorrow), in the first ever visit for a senior Turkish official, since ties went sour last Oct, due to the presence of Turkey's army in Iraq.

Yildirim and his Iraqi counterpart, Haidar Al-Abadi, will discuss fighting terrorism and boosting bilateral ties, mainly in the economic field.

Ties between the two sides saw a rising tension, as the Turkish government approved a decision, allowing its army to execute military operations in Iraq and Syria, for a period of one year.

The Iraqi government threatened to turn to the UN's Security Council, if Turkey did not withdraw its forces from Bashiqa camp, near Mosul.

However, Turkey claimed the step aims to train Iraqi army to fight the so-called Daesh and liberate Mosul.

Turkish fighter jets regularly execute raids on locations of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), at Qandil Mountains, northern Iraq.

Meanwhile, trade exchange between the two countries decreased, as the Daesh took control over Mosul, in June, 2014, as it was recorded at USD 10.9 billion compared to USD 12 billion in 2013. It further dropped to USD 8.5 billion in 2015.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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