Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Wednesday ahead of bilateral talks between the two countries. Last year, Iraq-Turkey relations tapered over Turkey's presence at the Bashiqa base in northern Iraq where local fighters were being trained ahead of the operation to oust the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) from Mosul... Еще. However, the tensions between the two countries abated as they took a stance against the Kurdish independence referendum which took place on September 25. Ankara has reportedly pledged full support to Baghdad and threatened retaliation against Kurdistan by imposing sanctions. Abadi is due to meet with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim later.