Turkey invites Iraqi top commander to Ankara
Turkey has invited Iraq’s Chief of General Staff Osman al-Ghanimi to Ankara for talks on both anti-terror fight and the status of the Bashiqa camp after Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s key visit to Baghdad over the weekend.

 “I have sent him an official letter [of invitation] and told him ‘Let’s come and talk these issues both politically and militarily,’” Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik told reporters late Jan 9.

Al-Ghanimi is also serving as the acting defense minister of Iraq. Isik said it was not certain when this visit will take place, Hurriyet daily reported.

Yildirim, accompanied with Isik and other Turkish ministers, paid a visit to Baghdad and Erbil on Jan. 7 and 8 to mend ties with the Iraqi government over the establishment of the military camp in Bashiqa. Turkey said it will resolve the problem in a friendly way while Iraq asked for an immediate beginning of the withdrawal of Turkish troops.

According to sources, Turkey’s withdrawal will be possible after Mosul is freed from the Islamic State (IS) but in the meantime Ankara and Baghdad will talk on the modalities of the process and the future status of the camp.

News Code: 15015  |  Date: 2017/01/11  |  Time: 9 : 14

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