PM Barzani in Turkey to dis­cuss sev­eral is­sues

KRG and Turkey dis­cussed a num­ber of top­ics, mainly oil im­ports, sup­port­ing Kur­dish forces, Iraqi refugee, and con­fronting ISIS

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

KRG Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani paid a visit to Turkey on De­cem­ber 19, and met with Turk­ish Prime Min­is­ter Ah­met Davu­to­glu and Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan. After a one-and-half hour meet­ing with Davu­to­glu in Istanbul, Barzani went to Ankara and was re­ceived by Er­doan.

Ac­cord­ing sources in Ankara, sev­eral is­sues were dis­cussed in the meet­ing in­clud­ing: the on­go­ing co­op­er­a­tion re­gard­ing the Is­lamic State’s (ISIS) threats, en­ergy is­sues, the train­ing of KRG pesh­merga forces, co­op­er­a­tion in the field of hu­man­i­tar­ian aid for in­ter­nally dis­placed peo­ple who fled from ISIS and other re­gional de­vel­op­ments.

Due to the ISIS threat, Turkey launched a train­ing pro­gram for KRG pesh­merga forces in re­cent months and For­eign Min­istry of­fi­cials an­nounced that 230 pesh­merga fight­ers had been trained by Turk­ish Spe- cial Forces, known as the "ma­roon berets." Dur­ing the meet­ings, the Turk­ish and Kur­dish prime min­is­ters agreed that the train­ing pro­gram would con­tinue for as long as nec­es­sary.

In early De­cem­ber, Bag­dad and Er­bil reached an oil agree­ment. The agree­ment is con­sid­ered the gate­way to achiev­ing com­pre­hen­sive Iraqi rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, but sources have said that the agree­ment still faces many ob­sta­cles and there­fore, Turk­ish and Kur­dish par­ties dis­cussed pos­si­ble ways to solve th­ese ob­sta­cles and Turkey's role as me­di­a­tor be­tween Er­bil and Bagh­dad.

In ad­di­tion to oil, car­ry­ing Kur­dish gas to the Turk­ish mar­ket, which was to start by 2018, was also dis­cussed dur­ing the meet­ings.

There was no press state­ment re­gard­ing the meet­ings and after the com­ple­tion of the talks Barzani left Ankara.

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