Erdoğan says Turkey to make Mesopotamia prosperity region

March 29, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
Erdoğan says Turkey to make Mesopotamia prosperity region
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Monday that Turkey’s vision is to transform Mesopotamia into a stable and high-prosperity region.

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“Increasing cooperation between Turkey and Iraq in all fields is of key importance for the stability and welfare of the entire region,” Erdoğan told reporters before flying to Baghdad Monday afternoon.  “Our aim is to turn the Mesopotamian basin into a joint area of stability and welfare through a wide spectrum of projects, from energy to trade, from health to construction and from water resources to transportation,” he said.

“Turkey will continue to support Iraq. We put a lot of effort into improving bilateral relations in many areas with Iraq. In this framework, Turkey and Iraq signed 48 memoranda of understanding for a more comprehensive economic integration during my visit to Iraq on Oct. 15, 2009,” Erdoğan said. “Turkey has been pursuing an open and sincere foreign policy towards Iraq over the past eight years. We tried to provide support to ease the pains of our Iraqi brothers,” he added.

During the visit Erdoğan plans to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, Parliament Speaker Usama al-Nujayfi and Massoud Barzani, the head of the regional administration in Northern Iraq. Erdoğan said that he will also be inaugurating Turkey’s Consulate General in Irbil, the Irbil International Airport, constructed by Turkish companies, and Turkish Vakıfbank’s Irbil branch.

Erdoğan is also expected to meet with one of Shiite Islam’s top spiritual leaders to discuss the crackdown on Shiite protesters in the Gulf nation of Bahrain.

Foreign Trade Minister Zafer Çağlayan, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yıldız are accompanying Erdoğan during his two-day visit to Iraq covering Baghdad, Najaf and Irbil.

During a previous meeting with Iraqi Minister of Housing and Development Muhammed al-Darraji, Çağlayan had highlighted that there are over 260 Turkish contractors presently operating in Iraq on projects valued at nearly $11 billion. Turkey has a high-level strategic cooperation council with Iraq, whose first meeting was convened with the participation of both countries’ prime ministers in October 2009. Çağlayan also added that Turkey is planning to increase its trade volume with Iraq to $12 billion by the end of this year from last year’s $7.4 billion. Iraq was the second biggest importer of Turkish goods with $732.6 million in 2010.

Turkey, Iraq sign accords for regional integration

October 16, 2009 at 2:16 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Turkey, Iraq sign accords for regional integration


Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (R) greets his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, at Baghdad International Airport upon his arrival in Iraq.

16 October 2009, Friday






Turkey and Iraq yesterday took a giant step forward to boost ties, signing more than 40 agreements ranging from fighting Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorism to energy cooperation and sharing water.




















The deals were signed at a meeting of the key government ministers of the two countries under the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, on a visit to Baghdad together with nine Cabinet ministers and several businessmen, and his Iraqi counterpart, Nouri al-Maliki, headed the joint meeting of the Turkish and Iraqi ministers.

Erdoğan’s visit to Iraq came just days after Turkey and another southern neighbor, Syria, signed deals to create a similar mechanism of cooperation and formally abolish visa requirements on Tuesday. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, who was one of the nine ministers accompanying Erdoğan on his Baghdad visit, walked across the border with his Syrian counterpart, Walid al-Moallem, in a symbolic move underlining the growing cooperation between their countries after signing the agreement to end the visa requirements and create a Turkey-Syria High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council. The prime ministers of the two countries will co-chair a joint cabinet meeting, similar to the one that took place in Baghdad yesterday, in December.



Prime Minister Erdoğan’s government has worked intensively to improve cooperation with Turkey’s Middle Eastern neighbors. The efforts recently took on momentum, with a growing number of high-level visits and cooperation pacts being signed in a range of areas from culture to security, in what some call a process of regional integration similar to the one in Europe in the post-World War II era that laid the foundations of today’s European Union.

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Iraq, Turkey agree to open more border gates

October 16, 2009 at 1:56 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Iraq, Turkey agree to open more border gates

Thursday, October 15, 2009

BAGHDAD – From wire dispatches

Turkey and Iraq have decided to increase the number of their border gates, Turkish news channels reported Thursday.

The decision came during Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to Iraq on Thursday. He went to Baghdad to sign a number of agreements aimed at boosting economic and political ties between the countries.

There is currently one border gate connecting the two countries: the Habur border gate in northern Iraq, which is under the control of the Regional Kurdish Administration. 

In the Iraqi capital, the prime minister spoke to his Iraqi counterpart Nouri al-Maliki, Agence France-Presse quoted Iraq’s government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh as saying.

About 50 agreements will be signed between the two countries during Erdoğan’s visit. Erdoğan was accompanied by nine of his ministers.

Erdoğan was expected to sign an agreement to help deliver Iraqi gas to European markets, according to documents distributed to reporters accompanying the Turkish delegation.

The visit aims to enhance “economic integration with Iraq with a basic aim of high-level strategic cooperation,” Erdoğan told reporters before departing for Baghdad, according to a report by Bloomberg.

The two nations will also discuss cooperation against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, Prime Minister Erdoğan said. He urged European countries to do more to combat drug smuggling by the PKK.

In September, delegations from the two countries, led by the foreign ministers, held two-day talks in Istanbul to prepare the ground for Erdoğan’s visit and negotiate the accords to be signed. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said the objective was to “secure a genuine economic integration on the highest possible level” between the two neighbors.

Gas from Iraq may help fill the Nabucco pipeline, a project intended to carry fuel from the Caspian region via Turkey to Europe.

Iraq may contribute about 8 billion cubic meters of gas to Nabucco, or more than a quarter of the total volume, said Reinhard Mitschek, an executive at the OMV AG-led pipeline venture on Oct. 1. Construction of Nabucco may begin in 2011.

Iraq is Turkey’s second biggest export market outside Europe, receiving $3.4 billion-net worth of goods in the first eight months of this year, a jump of 48 percent from the same period of 2008, according to Turkey’s statistics office.

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