PM Barzani in Turkey to mark 100th an­niver­sary of Gal­lipoli

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Kur­dish Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani vis­ited Turkey on Fri­day to at­tend cer­e­monies mark­ing the 100th an­niver­sary of the battle of Gal­lipoli, known as Canakkale Victory Day for Turks.

“The prime min­ster of the Kur­dis­tan re­gion, Nechir­van Barzani, was ac­com­pa­nied by Safin Dizayi, spokesman to Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment, to an event held to com­mem­o­rate Canakkale,” Ru­daw cor­re­spon­dent Rasan Ramzi said in the Turk­ish town of Canakkale, the Turk­ish word for Gal­lipoli.

Of­fi­cials from 60 coun­tries gath­ered at the old bat­tle­field with the fam­i­lies of for­mer sol- diers on Fri­day to pay re­spects for the es­ti­mated 130,000 troops who died in the fa­mous battle from the First World War.

The attack on Gal­lipolli was launched by the Al­lied forces in a bid to take the Ot­toman Em­pire, as Turkey was then known, out of war and to se­cure a key naval route. The battle erupted as Al­lied troops, mostly from the UK, France, Australia and New Zealand, stormed the beach in the face of fierce re­sis­tance.

The battle, which is con­sid­ered one of the most costly in mod­ern his­tory, re­sulted in the deaths of over 44,000 Al­lied troops and 86,000 Turks.

The main cer­e­monies were held on Satur­day.

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