A new phase of relations will start between Turkey and Iraq, Nechirvan Barzani, newly elected president of the Kurdish Regional Government.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met on Friday with Barzani, who has arrived in Istanbul in his first overseas visit since inauguration on June 10.
Referring to his closed-door meeting with Erdogan, Barzani said: “I am convinced that a new phase will start in relations between Kurdish region and Turkey. I hope my visit will contribute to improving relations.”
Barzani said that Ankara and Erbil have a historic bond of friendship.
“Turkey has helped our people in all the difficult periods,” Barzani said.
Noting that the current trade volume between Turkey and Iraq totals at around $13 billion, Barzani underlined that the two leaders also discussed the expansion of trade volume, as well as the necessary steps to achieve this target.