Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iraq is in Ankara.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iraq is in Ankara.

Iraqi Foreign Minister İbrahim Al Jafaari has paid an official visit to Turkey on 14 July 2015 upon the invitation of Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey.

During the tete-a tete meeting and meetings between delegations, regional developments, particularly Syria and fight against DEASH, as well as bilateral relations between Iraq and Turkey were discussed.

Speaking at the joint press conference following the meetings, Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu reminded that it was the third visit by Jafaari after the new government was formed and that Turkey is supporting an inclusive government in Iraq. Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu added that Turkey keeps emphasizing that support on every occasion.

Stating that Turkey will be in solidarity with Iraq and its people, Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu underlined that Turkey will continue to support fight against DEASH both at the bilateral level and as a member of the international coalition. Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu reminded that there are more than 5 million people who were displaced because of terror imposed by DEASH and said that “Turkey now hosts about 200.000 Iraqis, who are our brothers and guests, and we provide them as much support as we can.”

Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu noted that Iraqi police will be trained in Turkey in the upcoming period and that Turkey’s train-equip support to Iraq will continue incessantly. Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu also said that two states seek to strengthen their cooperation on water issues.

Referring to the strong historical ties between Iraq and Turkey, Iraqi Foreign Minister Jafaari stated that DEASH is a common threat to both countries and that Turkey is conducting humanitarian aid by receiving Iraqis with open arms. Foreign Minister Jafaari repeated his desire that the cooperation between two states is further developed.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Jafaari was received by the President of Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu.