Turkish FM Ahmet Davutoglu pays historic visit in Iraq’s KirkukAugust 2, 2012 at 11:47 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Turkish FM pays historic visit in Iraq’s Kirkuk
02 August 2012 10:42 (Last updated 02 August 2012 11:29)
Davutoglu arrived in the oil-rich northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk in a historic visit to be paid in many years by a senior Turkish official.
KIRKUK, IRAQ (AA) – August 2, 2012 – Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu arrived in the oil-rich northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Thursday in a historic visit paid by a senior Turkish official in 75 years.
Davutoglu’s visit follows his meeting in Irbil with Massoud Barzani, leader of the regional administration in Iraq’s north.
The Turkish minister, who is the first ever top Turkish diplomat to visit Kirkuk, is expected to hold a series of talks in he city, which is also the home of a sizeable population of Turkmens, ethnic kin of the Turks.
“I am happy to be the first Turkish foreign minister to visit Kirkuk in 75 years. Kirkuk will be an eternal city of peace in Iraq where our Turkmen, Kurdish and Arab brothers live,” Davutoglu tweeted on Thursday.
Turkish diplomatic sources have said Davutoglu’s visit was long planned but it was kept secret due to security reasons.