Iraqi PM Abadi Meets with Turkish President in Ankara

Iraqi PM Abadi Meets with Turkish President in Ankara

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Ankara on Wednesday (October 25) to meet with senior Turkish officials for talks on security as well as stability in the region.

Abadi is meeting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for talks on the Kurdistan independence referendum.

 The Iraqi premier will also meet with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.

According to Anadolu Agency, the leaders will discuss ways to enhance cooperation so as to contribute to regional peace, stability and safety as well as progress after Kurdish referendum on independence and the steps that can be taken mutually in this regard.

Abadi is accompanied by Iraqi ministers of interior, oil, planning and electricity as well as a number of security advisers.

Abadi will fly to Iran following his meetings with the Turkish officials.

Ignoring pressure from Baghdad, threats from Turkey and Iran, and international warnings that the vote may ignite yet more regional conflict, Kurds voted in large numbers with 72.16 percent turnout among over 4.5 million eligible voters.

Turkey said last week it would work to hand control of the main crossing into the Kurdistan Region to the Iraqi government.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last month all options were available from economic measures to ground military and air steps in response to the Kurdish referendum.