Ankara: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during which the parties discussed the fight against terrorism, economic cooperation and border control, the Iraqi government reported.
Erdogan stressed his country's desire to expand Iraqi-Turkish relations and support the steps of the Iraqi government in the face of the consequences of the referendum on independence in the northern autonomy of Kurdistan.
The President of Turkey also expressed his country's readiness to create a joint dam to address the water shortage and that the Turks are eager to not harm the Iraqi partners, expressing deep concern about the presence of the Kurdistan Workers' Party in the country.
"We came to deepening relations and discussing issues relating to our country, as well as our region. It is time to put an end to conflicts and wars that led to the loss of resources, the depletion of resources and the displacement of millions of people, "al-Abadi said.
The meeting was attended by the ministers of interior affairs, oil, planning, energy, water resources, national security adviser and Iraqi ambassador in Ankara together with his counterparts from Turkey.
On Thursday, October 19, al-Abadi held a telephone conversation with Saudi Arabian king Salman bin Abdul-Aziz, during which the parties discussed bilateral cooperation and the fight against terrorism.
On Tuesday evening, October 24, the leadership of the Iraqi Kurds expressed their readiness to suspend the results of the referendum in Kurdistan to start a dialogue with the Iraqi authorities.