Iraqi PM arrives in Turkey in first official visit since taking office
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi arrived in Turkey's capital Ankara on Thursday, December 17, for meetings with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish officials, NRT reported.

It is Kadhimi’s first visit to Turkey since taking office in May, despite repeated invitations by Turkey. Except for Syria, Kadhimi has already traveled to Iraq's other neighbors and partners, including Iran, Saudi Arabia, the US, and Europe.

Relations between the two countries suffered several setbacks this year, particularly over Turkey’s military operations in northern Iraq and the Kurdistan Region that have killed at least twelve civilians and two Iraqi border guard commanders. Turkey says the operations are necessary to combat the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein met on Wednesday with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, where they discussed the implementation of the recently-agreed Sinjar agreement and recent tensions between the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the PKK.

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