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Turkish premier vows ‘any necessary means’ for Kurdish security on Erbil visit

By Rudaw 21/11/2014
Pictured: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in a press conference with Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani
Pictured: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in a press conference with Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – On his first visit to the Kurdistan Region since assuming office, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said his country would back Kurdish security “with any means.”

“The security of Iraq is important for Turkey as well as that of the Kurdistan Region,” because of the “shared border” and economic interests, the Turkish premier said after meeting with Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani. 

“We have economic and trade investments in Iraq which amount to $12 billion, $8 billion of that in the Kurdistan region,” Davutoglu said.

“Turkey will provide support through any necessary means for the Kurdistan Region’s security,” he added.

Barzani stressed that Turkish relations with Kurdistan were “close.” The meeting took place with several Kurdish and Turkish officials, including the chief of Turkey’s intelligence agency, Hakan Fidan.

The Turkish premier said that several topics were discussed in his talks, including including humanitarian efforts in the region, refugees and security concerns.

Davutoglu offered his condolences for those killed in last week’s suicide-bomb attack in Erbil by ISIS, which killed six and wounded 29.

In response to whether the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has plans to send additional Peshmerga forces to the Syrian-Kurdish city of Kobane, Barzani responded: “That depends on the circumstances.” He added that Erbil was prepared to send additional forces.

Turkey has been the landlocked Kurdistan Region’s largest trade partner and a strategic ally for controversial oil exports through a pipeline to the Mediterranean port of Ceyhan.

Those relations were severely tested last summer after ISIS forces came close to overrunning the Kurdish capital and Ankara ignored Erbil’s pleas for help. The religious fanatics were beaten back by US airstrikes.

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Arash | 21/11/2014
It’s a SHAM for the Kurds and West to let continue those Corrupt relations based on Blood and Dislocation of the Kurds on the top of mountains realised by Muslim brotherhood regime of Turkey!
Flag | 21/11/2014
Take that Iraq flag away from the kurdish flag, it upsets me
Hersh | 21/11/2014
At least he's honest this time and says it's all about their economical interest. What Turkey is trying to do is to continue to secure their business interest in KRG and at the same time take markeds in the rest of Iraq, but they will fail, part because of the issues between Erbil and Baghdad but mainly because of Iran, Iran is doing the same thing as Turkey in reverse order, the difference is Iran is succeeding, the proof is that KRG's trade is increasing with Iran.
Goodoo | 21/11/2014
What he is talking! When Irbil was closed to being overrun, Turkish refused to help despite earlier pledge to help to defend Kurdistan.
No More Betryals | 21/11/2014
We can not trust Turkey.At any time it can betray us like Iran did in the year 1975.Last August Turkey was satisfied to see how the IS was about to invade Erbil.Actually Turkey is the main patron of the IS and it is behind the siege of Kobané.We do not need false friends like Turkey and Iran.We need Western support ,militarily and publicly,and not through Baghdad.We have to say to the West that if it wants to defeat the IS it must help us directly and publicly.

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