Al-Sudani and Erdogan launch a global strategic project
The first 2023/03/22
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Prime Minister Muhammad Shia al-Sudani announced that the dry canal that is currently being worked on in Basra will link the East with the West and become a global corridor for the transport of goods and energy. Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to establish a railway linking the province and ports of Basra with the Turkish border, directed at increasing water releases from the Tigris River towards Iraq.
A statement by the Prime Minister's Media Office stated that Al-Sudani and his accompanying delegation held an expanded session of talks with Turkish officials in the capital, Ankara, which he arrived on Tuesday morning. The Turkish side in the talks was headed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accompanied by an expanded government delegation.
During the session, they discussed the bilateral relations between the two countries, a number of issues and files of common interest, and ways to develop bilateral cooperation in various fields, including the water field, as the session witnessed the announcement of Turkey's agreement to double the water releases of the Tigris River for a period of one month.
During the session, the Prime Minister stressed that Iraq aspires to a real economic partnership, and is open to cooperation with all friends. He also expressed his confidence in the importance of the development road project (the dry channel), and its vital role that will serve the interests of the two countries and promote development throughout the region. Al-Sudani renewed Iraq's firm position in refusing to use its lands to attack neighboring countries, or any infringement of Iraqi sovereignty.
For his part, Erdogan expressed his appreciation for Iraq's position of solidarity with the victims of the recent earthquake and his appreciation for the aid sent, and affirmed his country's support for Iraq's sovereignty over its lands, and the Turkish desire to advance joint action in the development path project, and that bilateral cooperation include several economic fields, including education, health and agriculture. The Turkish President announced the agreement to embark on a railway with Iraq starting from Basra to the borders of Turkey, expressing his aspiration that Al-Sudani's visit would be a good sign for the development of bilateral relations for the benefit of the two friendly peoples.
The session also witnessed a review of ways to activate the joint coordination committee between Iraq and Turkey, and to support its activities.
The Sudanese Prime Minister, Muhammad Shia'a, arrived at the head of a high-ranking delegation to the Turkish capital, Ankara, yesterday, Tuesday, on an official two-day visit, where he was given an official reception ceremony by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the "Bishtappe" presidential palace.
The reception ceremony witnessed the playing of the Iraqi and Turkish national anthems in the presidential palace, the Sudanese and Erdogan parading the honor guard, saluting the flags of the two countries and firing twenty-one artillery rounds, saluting the visiting delegation.
After that, Prime Minister Muhammad Shia al-Sudani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a session of bilateral talks, which dealt with the overall relations between the two countries in various fields, and the most important files and issues of common concern.
As part of his official visit, Al-Sudani laid a wreath at the tomb of the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
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