Abadi: We are with Turkey in its crisis and cooperation overcome the challenges
15/8/2018 12:00 am
[rtl]Erdogan confirms that Iraq will receive full water share
Baghdad / Sabah / Istanbul / Firas Saadoun
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan welcomed the active participation in the reconstruction of Iraq and the opening of a Turkish consulate in Basra and Mosul, stressing that Iraq stands with Ankara in its current crisis. Rejecting any aggression from Iraqi territory towards Turkey, Erdogan stressed that his country is ready to provide all kinds of support to Iraq so that it gets its full water share.
At the same time, Interior Minister Qassem al-Araji announced an agreement with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts to secure the border and prevent smuggling. The Turkish ambassador in Iraq said that the new Ovakui crossing, which will be opened after the Ankara and Baghdad delegations meet in the next two weeks, Commercial and economic city of Mosul. A joint news conference , said Abadi, at a joint press conference with Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan «We discussed strengthening cooperation in water security, agriculture, energy, ports and border investment and files related to culture, industry and trade areas». "Erdogan assured us that Turkey will provide Iraq with its water quota in full, and there was a working session between the two ministerial delegations to confirm this meaning."
"We also heard a confirmation from the Turkish president of what was promised at the Kuwait conference regarding the active contribution to the reconstruction of Iraq and the opening of a Turkish consulate in Basra and Mosul, and we welcome this," he said.
Abadi, who renewed his rejection of «any aggression emanating from Iraqi territory towards Turkey, and Iraq is committed in accordance with its constitution to prevent any organization to attack from its land towards its neighbors», he stressed by saying «we condemn and stand against it (aggression), and will not allow it and stand with Turkey in the matter Border control ".
"We are working to open the border crossing between the two countries," he said. "We are with Turkey in its crisis, and with our cooperation we can overcome many challenges."
"The security, prosperity and stability of Iraq is the security, prosperity and stability of Turkey. The fate of our two countries is one," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a joint press conference. "Iraq and Turkey have increased their bilateral trade volume, which currently stands at 11 billion dollars." .
"We discussed the steps that we can take in the field of water and energy," Erdogan said. "We are ready to work with the next Iraqi government to deepen our bilateral relations and develop cooperation in many fields, especially security and the economy."
The Turkish president stressed that he reached an understanding with Abadi "in the field of combating terrorism," including the PKK.
Erdogan also said that the two sides discussed the opening of a second border gate between Turkey and Iraq, adding that it would be in the interest of the two countries, and said: "I trust that we will take the necessary steps in this regard."
The Turkish president also stressed the need to reopen the consulates of Turkey in both Mosul and Basra. Strengthening the bilateral cooperation In the same context, said a statement of the Office of the Prime Minister Media, received by «morning», that the Prime Minister met in Ankara with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "During the meeting, they discussed enhancing bilateral cooperation between the two countries, water, security, electricity, energy, economy, culture and the situation in the region," the statement said. The statement pointed out that «was confirmed by Erdogan that Iraq will get its share of the full water, in addition to the importance of relations between the two countries and strengthening and reconstruction of Iraq and Turkey's commitment to what was announced at the Kuwait Conference».
The Prime Minister, before leaving Baghdad for Ankara, said that "the water file is a priority in the talks with the Turkish side," noting that «Iraq has great potential and we are keen to establish balanced relations with neighboring countries that achieve the interests of our people at the base level» .
A statement by the Information Office of the Council of Ministers said that "during the visit, cooperation between the two countries will be discussed and a number of issues related to water, electricity, health, industry, investment, security, culture and other joint files will be discussed."
"The government delegation includes ministers of oil and interior, agriculture and water resources, in addition to the Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers and Director of the Office of the Prime Minister and the Governor of Basra." Ovacoi Crossing
On the other hand, Interior Minister Qassim al-Araji said in a press interview from the Turkish capital of Ankara: "There was a meeting between the Iraqi, Turkish and Iranian Interior Ministers."
"It was agreed to secure the border and prevent the infiltration of narcotics and smuggling, which occurs from time to time."
On the opening of a second border crossing between the two neighboring countries, the Turkish ambassador in Iraq, Fatih Yildiz, said that delegations from Ankara and Baghdad will meet during the next two weeks to open the new "Ovacoi" between the two countries.
Yildiz said in a press statement that the new Ovakui crossing, which will be opened after the Ankara and Baghdad delegations meet during the next two weeks, will bring further economic and commercial recovery to the city of Mosul.
He added that «Turkey pledged to provide 5 billion dollars for the reconstruction of Iraq, and that the start of the reconstruction process depends on the formation of the new government in Baghdad». Opinions on the visit
In addition, the morning followed the views of the researchers and the media in Turkey, who were all interested in the visit of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to Ankara on Tuesday and the results achieved after his meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a separate level and in a ministerial framework.
Abadi's visit, according to the opinion polled by Al-Sabah, is important for its exit by consensus in important and sensitive files, notably water, security, energy, trade and investment between two countries, which constitute two important pillars in the Middle East, which gives the visit and its outputs two bilateral and regional dimensions. The double dimension of the visit
Mustafa al-Jalil, a researcher specializing in Turkish-Iraqi relations, told Al-Sabah that "Abadi's visit brought about mutual benefits for both Iraq and Turkey because it came at the right time." He pointed out that «the benefits of Iraq manifested first in the agreement with the Turkish President to launch sufficient water quotas, a strategic agreement because all previous visits did not resolve this controversial issue, and this agreement carries a guarantee for food security of the Iraqi citizen, which is in itself completed if only The visit is enough. "
"The benefits of Iraq are also reflected in understandings about securing the electricity that Iraq badly needs, and the export of oil wealth in Iraq, and the expansion of the border crossings with profits.
"One of the most important messages that Abadi succeeded in getting to Erdogan through the press conference and in front of the public is saying:" We are with Turkey in its crisis, and I am sure that Erdogan will not forget this phrase, "he said.
The Turkish officials, led by Erdogan, used to repeat the praise of solidarity positions on every occasion that requires mentioning these positions.
The Turkish lira has suffered large losses against the dollar due to tension between Ankara and Washington.
Jalil said that «Turkey will also benefit from the visit of Abadi and will employ them in the framework of its efforts to get out of the recent US sanctions against it and the losses caused to the Turkish economy». "Turkey needs to continue the flow of the dollar from Iraq through the movement of banking and banking funds and the trade movement. It needs Iraq to remain a market for its products, and it aspires to increase openness to this market," Erdogan said.
"Turkey needs Iraq in dire need of its war against the PKK and its efforts to end its threat to its national security and interests, a side that Abadi was clear and reassuring
," he said. The regional dimension of the visit and the opening of Abadi's visit will be followed by the duo on a regional dimension that concerns the entire region.
"A consensus between Iraq and Turkey at this stage is based on common files in the region concerning the possibility of broader action to participate in securing borders and limiting the movement of armed or terrorist groups that threaten more than one country in the region," said Murtada al-Khatib, an academic specializing in Turkish politics. The PKK and its allies, and even the factions of the terrorist organization and other extremist factions, especially that Turkey is known to possess strong security agencies based on databases of dangerous entities and persons in the
Khatib finds that "the Iraqi-Turkish consensus can extend to the Syrian arena and reflect the more calm that has been desired in this arena that has occupied the region and the world for seven years, not only by virtue of the common borders, but by the Iraqi-Turkish relations with the powerful forces in the Syrian arena. The experience that the regional powers are more effective than the international forces in the Syrian crisis ».
"The consensus between Baghdad and Ankara may be reflected in the Gulf because Iraq enjoys strong relations in Gulf countries and Turkey enjoys another power, and thus the two countries can be parties to the resolution of the Gulf crisis and give the region more calm and stability, More than at any other time
And concludes that «what ended by Abadi and Erdogan may also contribute to support Iran, which is with Iraq and Turkey, the closest triangle in the region to face the time of new US sanctions, especially that both Abadi and Erdogan expressed their rejection of the proposals to punish the people and the policy of siege». The visit and the demands of the demonstrators In another form of the visit, the political expert, Ihsan al-Shammari, said during his speech to Al-Sabah that it was the "visit" to meet the demands of the demonstrators and to develop the medium-level strategy approved by the government,
1 - Water releases and agreement with Ankara to increase the water quota commensurate with the need of Iraq and the signing of an agreement in this regard.
2 - Electric power both at the level of mobile stations or fixed and the processing of the national system to meet the shortage in processing.
3 - Attract Turkish investment companies to create increasing employment opportunities for Iraqi youth.
4 - Strengthening Iraqi health institutions with Turkish expertise to achieve better services for citizens.
Al-Shammari pointed out that Ankara's visit is important in the economic aspects, which could lead to "raising the volume of trade exchange between Iraq and Turkey to a higher level, as well as activation of the oil file and the Turkish financial grant for the reconstruction of Iraq."
As the political expert believes, the meeting between Abadi and Turkey's leaders will activate many of the current agreements in the field of combating terrorism, coordinate intelligence work, and control the common borders and enhance security stability on the border between the two countries.
Al-Shammari said that the other benefit expected from Abadi's visit to Turkey lies in the diplomatic file, exchanging views on regional issues, emphasizing political solutions to crises and strengthening stability in the Middle East.[/rtl]
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