Iraqi Kurdish PM will visit Turkey

The prime minister of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Nechirvan Barzani, is set to arrive in Turkey on the night of Dec. 18, ahead of talks with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Tanju Bilgiç has announced.

The meeting between Davutoğlu and Barzani is expected to take place on Dec. 19 in Istanbul, diplomatic sources said.

A meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Barzani has not been definitively set, but if the two do meet it will likely take place in the capital Ankara, in which case the meeting between Davutoğlu and Barzani would also be moved to Ankara, the same sources said.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will also pay a visit to Turkey on Dec. 25-26 in order to participate in a meeting of the High-Level Cooperation Council between the two countries’ Cabinets.

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