Iraqi minister holds talks for progress in Turkey ties

Source: AFP

ANKARA — A senior Iraqi minister met Turkish officials this week for talks on bilateral ties already strained over a political crisis engulfing neighbouring Iraq, a Turkish diplomat said Saturday.

Iraqi National Security Minister Falih al-Fayyad held closed-door talks in Istanbul and Ankara beginning April 3 with a number of officials including foreign and interior ministers, said the diplomat, who declined to be named.

“That was a planned trip during which bilateral relations, as well as the crisis in neighbouring Syria were discussed,” he added.

The talks aimed to achieve progress in the long-standing political strains between Turkey and Iraq’s Shiite government, Turkish daily Hurriyet reported.

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