Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has arrived in Baghdad following a war of words between the two neighbors over the unauthorized presence of Turkish troops in northern Iraq, PressTV reported.
The two-day visit is the first in its kind since the two governments quarreled over the incursion of Turkish troops into northern Iraq, straining relations to the point of a military face-off.
The two-day visit is the first high profile meeting between Iraqi and Turkish politicians since Turkey illegally deployed around 500 of its troops in the Bashiqa region near Mosul.
Yildirim was welcomed by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad before heading to talks, but the Iraqi state TV didn’t give details on schedule, the PressTV report continued.
“We hope that his (Yildirim’s) visit will open a new chapter in Turkey-Iraq relations,” Turkey’s Ambassador to Iraq Faruk Kaymakci said on his Twitter account.