Iraqi, Turkish FMs discuss ties, security cooperation

<p style="text-align:left">Iraqi Foreign Minister Muhammad Ali al-Hakim met with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Turkey on Wednesday, July 10, according to the Iraqi foreign ministry. Al-Hakim was accompanied by a delegation of military and security officials.

This pair discussed a number of issues including security cooperation, combating terrorism, and ways to improve bilateral ties, the federal foreign ministry said in a statement.
&ldquo;The two sides called for more security cooperation between the two countries, because it is important for the security of the whole region and because it is a fundamental pillar in achieving development,&rdquo; the statement read.
&ldquo;Both sides agreed to continue to meet. The next meeting will be held in Baghdad.&rdquo;
Relations between the two have hit a rough patch after a series of Turkish airstrikes killed six civilians last month brought condemnation from the Iraqi government.
The Turkish military routinely carries out airstrikes and artillery bombardments in the Kurdistan Region against suspected PKK targets, but their frequency has increased since Ankara launched &ldquo;Operation Claw&rdquo; in May, as have civilian casualties.
Turkey has made it clear to Iraqi officials that it intends to continue to target the PKK in the Kurdistan Region.
Separately, the Iraqi government has recently started limiting imports of certain Turkish goods, most recently eggs, salt, and pasta, causing concern among Turkish exporters who fear that the moves may become a trend.
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