MOUSSAWI: THERE IS NO REASON FOR GOOD RELATIONS WITH TURKEY
BAGHDAD / obelisk: said media adviser to Iraqi Prime Minister Ali al-Moussawi said there are positive signs began to appear on Turkish relations – especially after the Iraqi diplomatic exchange of visits between the two sides. Al-Moussawi said in a media statement that “there is no reason not good relations with neighboring Turkey,” and expressed the Iraqi government’s willingness to respond positively to any positive step from the Turkish side to serve the interests of both countries.
Moussawi pointed out that “Baghdad awaiting a visit close to the Turkish foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, and Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek, and after that will Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki visited Ankara”.
He stressed Moussawi, the need to build relations between Turkey and Iraq and the region of the principle of “good neighborliness and non-interference in internal affairs”, in order to maintain security and stability in the region, particularly the relations between the two neighboring countries “have not experienced problems or outages throughout history,” he as saying.
He said that “there is a strong presence of Turkey in the Iraqi market, were not affected by the economic relations between Ankara and Baghdad is negative despite the passage of political relations between the two kind of decline and rise,” he said, adding: “We support the strengthening of economic relations between the two countries, as well as political because there are closely related between the two ????????? .. So we have to build our relations on the basis of a common and there is no question the good relations with neighboring Turkey. ”
It should be noted that the relationship between the two countries have strained considerably, after unofficial visit, carried out by the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to Kirkuk province, last year, coming from the city of Arbil, where he was on an official visit to the Kurdistan region, but Baghdad does not recognize the official visits the Kurdistan region, and says that these visits confined only within the region and that anyforeign official exit out of the region, without resorting to the official and diplomatic channels in Baghdad is “a violation and interference in the internal affairs of Iraq.”
The Iraqi government is demanding that its Turkish counterpart to hand over Tareq al-Hashemi, former vice president of the republic and sentenced to death on charges of “terrorism”, while Ankara refuses to extradite him.
The relations of “Iraq – Turkish” I have seen over the past weeks marked improvement after the parliamentary delegation headed by Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama Najafi, in September last official visit to Turkey lasted 4 days, during which he met senior leaders and Turkish officials, and discussed with them bilateral relations and crisis Syria, as the IraqiForeign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, a visit to Ankara in response to an official invitation to him.