Erdogan meets Iraqi Kurdish region's leader Barzani

Turkish president receives Masoud Barzani in Istanbul; leaders discuss economic relations, Mosul operation

İlker Girit, Fatih Hafız Mehmet   | 27.02.2017
Erdogan meets Iraqi Kurdish region's leader Barzani ISTANBUL, TURKEY - FEBRUARY 26: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and President of Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (IKRG) Masoud Barzani (L) shake hands during their meeting at Mabeyn Palace in Istanbul, Turkey on February 26, 2017. ( Kayhan Özer - Anadolu Agency )


By Halil Ibrahim Baser and Idris Okuducu


 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met the leader of Iraq’s Kurdish region Sunday in Istanbul.

The one-hour closed meeting between Erdogan and Masoud Barzani, president of the Kurdish Regional Government, took place in Mabeyn Palace on the European side.

Economic ties and saving Mosul from Daesh terror group were the main topics, according to Barzani’s office.

On Wednesday, Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said about the meeting: "We have a lot to talk about.

“Iraq is important for us in all terms -- economically, in terms of border security and in humanitarian and cultural terms," he said.

Ankara has taken an active role in the international fight against Daesh in both Iraq and Syria. Turkish troops provide training to local fighters in Bashiqa, northeast of Mosul.

In Syria, the Turkish military announced Friday that the ongoing Operation Euphrates Shield has resulted in Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army wresting control of al-Bab -- 30 kilometers south of Turkey-Syria border -- from Daesh.

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