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Iraq seeks to enhance bilateral relations with Turkey

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi stresses importance of cooperation on economy, fight against terrorism

Iraq seeks to enhance bilateral relations in all fields with Turkey, the country’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said on Saturday.

The newly elected prime minister met with Fatih Yildiz, Turkey’s ambassador to Baghdad, the Iraqi Prime Minister’s office said in a statement.

Al-Khadimi stressed the importance of enhancing cooperation with Turkey on economy and in fight against terrorism.

Yildiz congratulated al-Khadimi on receiving the vote of confidence.

On Thursday, Iraq’s parliament gave a vote of confidence to the new Prime Minister al-Kadhimi and his partial Cabinet, to succeed the resigned government headed by Adel Abdul-Mahdi.

Al-Kadhimi managed to form a new government after two former prime ministers-designate, Mohammad Allawi and Adnan Al-Zurfi, failed to garner support.

Iraq has been roiled by mass protests since early October over poor living conditions and corruption, forcing Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi to resign.

At least 496 Iraqis have been killed and 17,000 have been injured since the protests began on Oct. 1, according to Iraq’s High Commission for Human Rights.

Anadolu Agency

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