Turkey to discuss ‘common understanding’ on security with Iraq: Report

Mar14,2024



ANKARA: Senior Turkish officials will discuss security issues with their counterparts in Baghdad on Thursday, particularly Turkey's operations against the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Iraq. Turkish Defense Ministry The officer said.
Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan, Defense Minister Yasar Guler and intelligence chief Ibrahim Kalin are set to hold talks with Iraqi counterparts in Baghdad.security summit,
“Turkish and Iraqi officials held a security summit in Ankara in December. Today, they will hold the second such summit. They are expected to develop a common understanding on the fight against terrorism,” the Defense Ministry official told reporters. will discuss.”
Ankara has intensified cross-border operations against the PKK northern iraqmountainous region of, and warned of new infiltration in the area.
The PKK, which is designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union, took up arms against the Turkish state in 1984. More than 40,000 people have been killed in the insurgency.
The conflict was long fought primarily in rural areas of southeastern Turkey, but is now more concentrated in the mountains of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, where PKK militants Are based.
Iraq has said the action is a violation of its sovereignty, but Ankara says it is protecting its borders.
The Defense Ministry official also said Turkish military officials discussed “measures to enhance the protection of civilians” with Iraqi counterparts over the weekend in the area where Turkey is conducting operations.
Turkey, since 2019, has conducted a series of cross-border operations in northern Iraq against the PKK, known as “Claw”.



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