Turkey, Iraq Agree on Military Cooperation Against IS: Iraqi PM
20:29 20.11.2014(updated 20:55 20.11.2014)
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Abadi also invited Turkish investment companies to return to Iraq.
ANKARA, November 20 (Sputnik) — Turkey and Iraq have agreed on military cooperation and the exchange of information over the Islamic State (IS) extremist group, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Abadi said Thursday.
'We have reached an agreement with Turkey on fighting Islamic State and other issues. We have agreed to exchange intelligence and continue to cooperate in the military sector. We welcome Turkey's support in training our security forces,' Abadi said at a joint conference with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
The Iraqi prime minister also invited Turkish investment companies to return to Iraq, as Iraq wanted to see then back.
Davutoglu said that his country had always supported the territorial integrity of and stability in Iraq, speaking of the new period in Turkey-Iraq relations in economic, political and cultural areas.
He also mentioned the situation in Syria and Iraq, which affects Turkey, as the recipient of some two million Syrian and 200,000 Iraqi refugees.
The Turkish prime minister invited his Iraqi counterpart to visit Turkey from December 24 to 26.
Iraq, like Syria, is currently suffering from the advance of Islamic State that launched attacks in the country in June. The extremist group has been fighting the Syrian government since 2012. Having captured large territories in both countries, the IS announced the establishment of an Islamic caliphate.
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