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.
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.
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.