Erdogan's visit may open the door to bartering... partnership in exchange for water
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The political and social circles are anticipating the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Baghdad, hoping to resolve a number of outstanding issues between the two countries, including the water file and the export of Kurdistan's oil through the port of Ceyhan.
A senior government source told Al-Sabah that "the final date for the visit has not yet been determined, and two important files will dominate the talks and discussions during the meeting, as the water file will be raised mainly, while Turkey will focus on being a key partner in the development path project and not being a transit country." ".
The source added, "The Turks will bargain very heavily on the issue of increasing water releases, while Iraq will adhere to international laws and negotiate based on them," adding that "the results of the visit will be very positive."
The prime minister had announced an upcoming visit by the Turkish president to Iraq during a meeting between Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani and the Turkish ambassador.
For his part, the economist Bassem Jamil Antoine told Al-Sabah that "it is okay to include Turkey as a partner in the development path project and for Iraq to exert pressure in this context, especially since the start of the development path will be from Fao and not from Turkish territory," noting that " Turkey's participation will be beneficial for the two countries, in addition to putting pressure on it with the water file and being a close partner because the neighborhood between the two countries serves to establish good neighborly relations.
Antoine pointed out that "projects and industrial and residential cities on the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers will push Turkey to feed these cities with water."
The Minister of Commerce, Atheer Daoud Al-Ghurairy, had previously expressed the government's keenness to develop economic and trade relations with Turkey, while referring to the tendency to establish large and joint industrial projects.
A statement by the ministry stated that Al-Ghurairi "discussed with the Turkish Ambassador, Ali Reza Konay, the development of economic and trade relations and ways to develop them in light of the desire of the two countries to take advantage of all available opportunities to establish joint production and investment projects, increase the volume of trade exchange between the two countries and activate the holding of joint committee meetings and agreements."
According to the statement, "the trade balance between the two countries tends towards the Turkish side more, and we seek to have it balanced soon, under the slogan (the law allows, the state adopts, and the market needs)," pointing to "the possibility of strategic planning to establish large and joint industrial projects that serve the two countries, as well as the call for investment in Building silos and grain silos and active participation in the upcoming Baghdad International Fair.
For his part, the Turkish ambassador affirmed that "Iraq is an essential partner in the path of economic development, and we are proud of the relations that bind us with Iraq and we value them greatly. This is natural because we are from neighboring countries and the development of trade between the two countries contributes to the development of relations in all aspects."
He welcomed the "resolution of outstanding issues with some Turkish companies contracting with the Ministry of Commerce, as a positive message to the rest of the Turkish investors."
Edited by: Ali Abdel-Khalek
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