Turkey: Iraqi PM and Turkish counterpart strengthen ties over condemnation of Kurdistan referendum

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim in Ankara on Wednesday, where they talked on the topics of future cooperation in the fight against terror and also discussed the recent Kurdistan referendum. During a joint press conference, al-Abadi thanked the Turkish government for its support in preventing the «dangerous move» of the Iraqi Kurds’ secession... Еще. «Again, with their [the Iraqi people] unity and determination on their rights, they could defeat secession projects which target their unity and intend to make them turn against each other», he said in reference to the Kurdish referendum for independence. Al-Abadi stated that the Iraqi people are moving into a new phase of stability as, «we are now in the last stages of defeating ISIS in Iraq.» The relations between the two countries have improved since they both took a stance against the Kurdish independence referendum on September 25. Ankara has reportedly pledged full support to Baghdad and threatened retaliation against Kurdistan by imposing sanctions.

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