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NO:153 - 23 October 2007, Press Release Regarding the Visit of The Foreign Minister; to Baghdad (Unofficial Translation)

The Foreign Minister will pay a one day visit to Baghdad within the framework of trips he has been conducting to the Middle East countries.

The Foreign Minister’s visit will allow a full exchange of views on the “Expanded Neighbours of Iraq Foreign Ministers Meeting” that Turkey will host in İstanbul on the 2nd and 3rd of November, 2007. The meeting will address important issues regarding the future of Iraq.

Naturally, the Foreign Minister will also discuss in Baghdad all bilateral issues concerning the two countries. During the visit, Turkey’s expectations on security and its resolve to combat terrorism will clearly be communicated to the Iraqi Government. Turkey’s request that the PKK terror organisation’s presence in Iraq be swiftly eradicated will also once again be reiterated during these contacts.