Dispute over selecting Iraqi minister of defense sends Halbousi and Khanjar to Turkey

An Iraqi political source said that the dispute between the speaker of the Iraqi parliament, Mohammad Halbousi, and the leader Sayadeh Coalition, Khamis al-Khanjar, two Sunni coalition leaders, over the election of the defense minister, prompted the two to travel to Turkey to resolve their differences in meetings with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hakan Fidan, the head of the country's intelligence service.

According to Shafaq News, the source said: "The negotiations have been mainly about the post of the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, and in recent days, there have been disagreements between the Iraqi Sunni movements over the selection of a person for this ministry."

It should be noted that according to political custom in Iraq, the Ministry of Defense will be handed over to a military figure from among the Sunni Arabs, and the interior minister will be Arab and Shiite.

The source added: "The speaker of the Iraqi parliament wants to appoint one of the famous military commanders close to him as the Minister of Defense. Khamis al-Khanjar, meanwhile, supports Nasser al-Ghannam's candidacy for the post. It is also said that Ahmad al-Jubouri, known as Abu Mazen, is calling on other leaders of the Iraqi Sunni movement to re-elect the current Iraqi Minister of Defense, Anad, for another term.

The source noted: "These differences have caused Al-Halbousi and Al-Khanjar to travel to Turkey with the aim of finding a solution for the problem."

According to the source, the two sides had visited Qatar before traveling to Turkey.

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