"Turkish fm's visit to northern Iraq beneficial"
ANKARA (AA) - August 7, 2012 - Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Selcuk Unal has said that Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's visit to northern Iraq previous week was beneficial in terms of delivering messages to regional administration in north of Iraq on coping with terrorism.
Spokesman Unal answered the questions on "disislerinesorun" twitter account on Tuesday.
Relating to questions over Turkish FM Davutoglu's historic visit to northern Iraq a week before, "Mister Davutoglu's visit to Irbil and Kirkuk on August 1-2 was considerably beneficial in terms of delivering messages to the regional administration in north of Iraq on dealing with terrorism," said Unal.
Unal stated that Turkey has been working on breaking terrorist organization PKK's links with external connections.
Stating that Turkey wanted peace and stability in neighboring Syria, Unal said that Turkey did not send any troops to Syria.
"For its security, Turkey does not hesitate to take any precaution, however no decision has been taken yet," said Unal over a question about the buffer zone that might be established in the region.
Spokesman Unal stated that visa exemption agreement with 50 countries has been signed since 2003, adding that Turkish citizens' travelling without a visa in Europe has began following initialling of EU-Turkey Readmission Agreement on June 21.
We are determined to develop relations with Armenia, said Unal answering a question about Turkey-Armenia relations.
Unal also commented on Turkey-Israel relations.
Mentioning that bilateral relations were interrupted after Israeli troops raided the Mavi Marmara aid ship in international waters in 2010, "Turkey will be following the issue at all international arenas. It is Israel's choice, not ours, why the relations between both countries are in this stage," said Unal.