Iraq, Turkey agree on more security cooperation to face terrorism

Turkish troops

Baghdad ( – Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali Alhakim on Wednesday chaired his country’s delegation at a security coordination meeting in Turkey.

The meeting tackled a raft of important issues, including security cooperation, counter-terrorism efforts and mutual coordination to achieve aspirations of the Iraqi and Turkish peoples, Alghad Press quoted the Iraqi Foreign Ministry as saying in a press statement.

The two sides agreed to step up the level of security cooperation in the coming period as an “essential pillar” to achieve development, the ministry added.

They also stressed the importance of implementing the outcome of today’s meeting.

According to the statement, the next round of talks between the two countries will be held later in Baghdad.

Turkey regularly carries out air strikes against PKK targets in neighboring northern Iraq.

The PKK, considered a terrorist organization by Turkey, has waged a three-decade insurgency in Turkey’s largely Kurdish southeast that has killed about 40,000 people.

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