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Turkey and Iraq to sign military cooperation agreement

Christian Fernsby |
Turkey and Iraq will sign a military cooperation pact, according to the Hurriyet newspaper, agreed after the meeting of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi.

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The meeting held Wednesday in Ankara, where Abdul-Mahdi is on an official visit, served to specify various aspects of cooperation between the two countries and especially in the field of counter-terrorism against the illegal Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), in which Ankara intends to involve the Baghdad government.

Erdogan, at the end of the meeting said the Defense Ministers and intelligence chiefs of the two countries will meet soon to discuss further details of the intended agreement, while Abdul-Mahdi assured that 'we will never accept any security threat against Turkey from the Iraqi territory.

In the field of energy, both leaders stressed the importance of reopening the pipeline between the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk and Ceyhan, in southern Turkey, which was rendered unusable months ago as a result of an Islamic state attack.

The two leaders also discussed the current situation in the region, and in particular Syria, noting that the two governments agree on defending the territorial integrity of the Levantine country.

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