[size=36]Erdogan announces the establishment of a commercial corridor to the south of Iraq and Abdul-Mahdi confirms: our common interests[/size]
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In his speech during the meeting, Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi praised the Turkish people and the Muslim nation for the month of Ramadan. He stressed that the strength, well-being and progress of Turkey are the strength, well-being and progress of Iraq. We thank you for the high reception. We will await your arrival in Iraq to put what we agreed upon in our productive bilateral meeting. To go as far as possible during the Iraqi-Turkish Joint Council in Baghdad.
"We can in the spirit of cooperation and common desire to reach greater understandings for our interests and our common future. We aspire to establish joint investment projects for the two countries that contribute to boosting the economy and investments in agricultural and industrial fields, providing extensive employment opportunities and working on the construction of a railway line from Basra to Turkey, To put hands with each other to confront terrorism, pointing to the quest to form a joint team in this regard, and stressed the need to resolve issues in the area of Bashika and others.
"We want Iraq to be a meeting point after taking its place in the region and strengthening its role in the region. Our common interests require meeting with leaders of countries, coordination and understanding, and establishing good relations with all," he said.
On the subject of water, Abdul-Mahdi pointed to the importance of reaching agreements for the benefit of both countries and the region, praising the step of naming a specialized representative of the Turkish president with a team of 50 experts for cooperation in the field of water with Iraq. He also thanked Turkey for hosting large numbers of Iraqi community, Tourism between the two countries, and praised the Turkish treatment of a number of wounded Iraqi forces.
He stressed in conclusion that the need to form follow-up teams from both sides to complete the research and agreed upon.
For his part, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: "I greet you with love and respect and you are dear guests in our country. We are following with deep and satisfied the steps of the government for the benefit of the Iraqi people. The name of Iraq no longer reminds us of the terrorism that has been defeated. Of martyrs and wounded.
The Turkish president referred to the contents of his talks with the Prime Minister on cooperation in the fight against terrorism, the activities of terrorist organizations, the economic and energy fields, education and reconstruction of Iraq, the contribution of Turkish companies in this field and the agreement to hold the Joint Supreme Strategic Council in Baghdad. With Iraq and the volume of trade exchange to 15 billion dollars than it was a year ago and the aspiration to reach 20 billion dollars.
President Erdogan stressed Turkey's readiness to activate and reform the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline, purchase Iraqi oil and cooperate in the field of water, borders and customs, pointing out that his special representative is to cooperate and solve problems related to water and build the necessary dams and use them to generate electricity. He called for cooperation in military and security fields, In this direction, and cooperation in the areas of defense industries, and the Turkish president said that the working talks will address a number of areas, including the region of Baheshika.
Earlier in the meeting, members of the Iraqi delegation met with ministers, heads of parliamentary committees, heads of bodies, deputy ministers, security officials, military officials and advisers to discuss bilateral cooperation with their counterparts in the Turkish side.