Baghdad, 2 November 2022 (TDI): The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Administrative, Technical and Legal Affairs of Iraq, Omer al Barzanji, met with the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkiye to Iraq, Ali Reza Konay.

The meeting took place on Tuesday, at his office in the Ministry’s building. The meeting was also attended by the Assistant Head of the Department of Neighboring Countries, Counselor Mohammed Salman Hamad.

The official of the economic file in the Turkiye section of the Department, Anwar Majeed Hamid also attended the meeting. The Undersecretary welcomed the Ambassador.

During the meeting, he shed light upon the historical neighboring relations between the peoples of both friendly countries while stating that Iraq is looking to foster relations with Turkiye in strategic fields.

The two sides also reviewed the most important issues and current events happening in the world and affirmed their mutual keenness to develop a mutual bond to overcome the conflicts together.

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For his part, the Turkish Ambassador appreciated the support extended by the Undersecretary. He also congratulated Al-Wakeel on the occasion of the assumption of his position as Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Reza Konay extended his congratulations on the formation of the new government in Iraq and considered it a sign of a better future for the people of Iraq while saying that Turkiye strongly supports the territorial integrity and political unity of Iraq.

Toward the end of the meeting, Ambassador Reza Konay offered condolences for the tragic incident of the explosion of the tank in Baghdad, on Saturday.

Bilateral relations between Iraq and Turkiye

Both countries share a close social and cultural heritage. Turkiye has an embassy in Baghdad, and a consulate general in Mosul, Basra, and Erbil. While Iraq has an Embassy in Ankara and a Consulate General in Istanbul and Gaziantep.