Iraq seeks to enhance bilateral relations with Turkey

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Iraqi Prime Minist­er Mustaf­a al-Kadhim­i stress­es import­ance of cooper­ation on econom­y, fight agains­t terror­ism


BAGHDAD: Iraq seeks to enhance bilateral relations in all fields with Turkey, the country’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said on Saturday.

The newly elected prime minister met with Fatih Yildiz, Turkey’s ambassador to Baghdad, the Iraqi Prime Minister’s office said in a statement.

Al-Khadimi stressed the importance of enhancing cooperation with Turkey on economy and in fight against terrorism.

Yildiz congratulated al-Khadimi on receiving the vote of confidence.

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On Thursday, Iraq’s parliament gave a vote of confidence to the new Prime Minister al-Kadhimi and his partial Cabinet, to succeed the resigned government headed by Adel Abdul-Mahdi.

Al-Kadhimi managed to form a new government after two former prime ministers-designate, Mohammad Allawi and Adnan Al-Zurfi, failed to garner support.

Iraq has been roiled by mass protests since early October over poor living conditions and corruption, forcing Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi to resign.

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At least 496 Iraqis have been killed and 17,000 have been injured since the protests began on Oct. 1, according to Iraq’s High Commission for Human Rights.

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