VIDEO: Kurdistan flag raised in Turkish airport as President Barzani meets Erdogan
ISTANBUL, Turkey (Kurdistan24) – On Sunday, the Kurdistan national flag along with the Iraqi and Turkish flags was raised in the Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul as the President of the Kurdistan Region visited to meet with Turkish officials.
The President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani arrived at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul to meet with the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
It is the first time the Kurdistan flag was raised in a Turkish airport, in a country where a decade ago the word “Kurdistan” and the Kurdish language were strictly forbidden.
During the meeting, both sides discussed the fight against the Islamic State (IS) and the military operation to liberate Mosul from the extremist group, according to the Kurdistan Region Presidency Office.
In another part of the meeting, they discussed the current situation in Syria, the Geneva peace talks, and the relations between Iraq and Turkey.
Moreover, Erdogan invited the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) delegation to Turkey to discuss the economic situation in Kurdistan, the Kurdistan Region Press office stated.
President Barzani arrived at the Presidential Palace in Istanbul and met with Turkish President Erdogan at 5:00 p.m. (Erbil time).
According to a Kurdistan24 reporter, the meeting lasted for nearly two hours.
Later, President Barzani flew to Ankara to meet with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Monday.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany
(Additional reporting by Baxtiyar Goran)