Turkey is ready to give any support to the efforts to rebuild Iraq after the “invasion” of the Islamic State (IA) Jihadist Terrorist, said Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President, on Wednesday at the press conference of Ádil Abdel Mahdi, Iraqi prime minister in Ankara.
Erdogan stressed that the basis of Turkey’s Iraqi policy is the preservation of Iraq’s political unity and territorial integrity. For the security and stability of the Middle East, it is extremely important for Iraq to “stand on its own feet,” said the Turkish Head of State.
At the same time, he emphasized that, in the case of Ankara’s assistance, priority will be given to those parts of Iraq that have suffered most damage in recent years, whether food, medicine or textile.
The Turkish President expressed his hope that the oil transport in Kirkuk, northeastern Iraq, with Ceyhan in southern Turkey, which had been rendered inoperable by the IA, would be resumed as soon as possible. Erdogan also reported that his country would create a commercial corridor that would extend to southern Iraq, but would re-open its Consulates.
The Turkish Head of State indicated that Ankara would share his water management experience with Baghdad and would pass on the action plan for the creation of new reservoirs and the correct use of existing ones.
Erdogan finally pointed out that Turkey and Iraq had agreed to develop a military cooperation on terrorism and a convention of confidence.
The Turkish President ranked Ia among the terrorist organizations, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed uprising for the Kurdish minority living in south-east Turkey since 1984, and the Glenist network of the Ankara for the July 2016 coup attempt.
In Abdel’s Mahdi’s speech, he said it was unacceptable for Turkey to be exposed to a security threat from “Iraqi land”. The Iraqi prime minister did not clarify his words, but he was probably thinking mainly of the PKK, which, although active in Southeast Turkey, is headquartered in the mountains of northern Iraq.
Although the Islamic State was expelled from Iraqi and Syrian self-proclaimed caliphate, it did not put down the gun. After his defeat against the US-backed Iraqi government forces, the infirmary had changed his former guerrilla tactics. While he had previously faced armies, the terrorist organization is now attacking and carrying out suicide attacks. In the provinces of Dalia, Salaheddin, El-Anbar, Kirkuk and Ninive, sleeping cells were formed, which often carry out attacks on the government of Baghdad. According to analysts, there are about 2,000 active jihadists in Iraq.