ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu arrived in the capital of the autonomous Kurdistan Region on Sunday to meet with senior Kurdish leaders.
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received the Turkish minister upon his arrival at Erbil International Airport.
Cavusoglu’s visit comes on the same day he landed in Baghdad to meet with Iraqi officials, including Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi and Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Hakim.
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During the meeting with Abdul-Mahdi, both sides discussed means to develop bilateral relations, namely in the field of economy and trade between the two neighboring states, according to the Iraqi prime minister’s press office.
Abdul-Mahdi called for an increase in trade volume between Iraq and Turkey and also invited Turkish companies to invest and open factories in the country.
Security on the border, water dispute, and the presence of Turkish troops in the Kurdistan Region and Nineveh were other topics the two discussed, according to the statement by Abdul Mahdi’s press office.
Turkey and Iraq aim to boost bilateral trade to $20 billion per year.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany