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Turkey pledges continued support and aid for Iraq's Turkmens

07 August 2012 19:07 (Last updated 07 August 2012 23:59)
Turkish FM receives Iraqi Turkmen leader.

ANKARA

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu received Iraqi Turkmen Front Chairman and Kirkuk Deputy Ersad Salihi, and an accompanying delegation in the Turkish capital, Ankara. 

The meeting at Davutoglu's office was held closed to news media.

Turkish diplomatic sources close to the meeting said Davutoglu had pledged continued support and aid for Iraq's Turkmens, thanking for the warm welcome he received during his visit to Kirkuk last week.
Sources cited Davutoglu as telling the Turkmen leader that Turkey attached great importance to Iraq's unity and that Turkey stood hat equal distance to all segments in Iraq.

Davutoglu also received leader of Syria's Turkmen

Moreover, Davutoglu also received leader of the Syria Democratic Turkmen Movement, Abdulkarim Aga, and an accompanying delegation in Ankara.  
Turkish diplomatic sources close to the meeting said the Syrian delegation briefed Davutoglu over problems Syria's Turkmen faced as well as recent developments in Syria.  
Sources cited Davutoglu as saying that Turkey was in contact with all the groups in Syria and stood at equal distance to all segments in the country, adding that Turkey attached great importance to well being of Syria's Turkmen population.

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