Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday expressed his country’s readiness to establish a joint dam to address the water shortage, calling for activating the strategic cooperation council between the two countries and boosting trade exchange.
“Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today in Ankara,” he said. “The two sides reviewed relations between the two countries and ways to enhance cooperation and exchange of interests to serve the two peoples.”
“Turkey is ready to build a joint dam to address the water shortage,” Erdogan said, adding that “the Turks are keen not to harm their Iraqi brethren.”
At the same time, Erdogan expressed “grave concern over the presence of the PKK and other terrorist organizations in Kurdistan,” adding that it “poses a common danger to the neighboring countries and must cooperate to face that threat.”
Erdogan said that “his country is interested in expanding Iraqi-Turkish relations and support for the steps of the Iraqi government in the face of the repercussions of the referendum and the unification of the country and impose the authority of the state forces and national will,” stressing “direct deal with the Iraqi government.”
During his meeting with Abadi, Erdogan called for “activating the strategic cooperation council between the two countries, expanding Iraqi-Turkish relations and boosting trade exchange,” welcoming “the victory over the oppressor, the elimination of its bad consequences and the extension of stability.”
Erdogan expressed his readiness to “assist in efforts to support the return of displaced persons in liberated areas and reconstruction and investment in all fields.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Turkey as part of a regional tour including Iran, to discuss bilateral relations and promote joint cooperation, as well as the vision of Iraq for the future of the region and the referendum of the Kurdistan region.