Turkey expects Barzani to issue strong counter-terror messages

Turkey said it was expecting firm counter-terrorism messages from Massoud Barzani, president of the Regional Kurdish Administration in his first visit to Ankara after six years.  Barzani’s last visit to Turkey occurred in April 2004, after which relations between Ankara and Barzani worsened due to disagreements over the status of northern Iraq and the fight against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which shelters in the territory.

Relations with Barzani and between the Government of Turkey and the Regional Kurdish Administration have improved dramatically over the past year. Despite existing disagreements over the fight against the PKK and the status of Kirkuk, Barzani’s visit to Ankara is seen as an important development for the regional balance, especially on the eve of withdrawal of American troops from Iraq.

Source: Hurriyet Daily

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