Erdogan invited Iraqi PM Kadhimi to visit Turkey

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi meets Turkish Ambassador to Baghdad, October 14, 2020.

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has invited Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi to pay a visit to Turkey, the premier’s office said on Wednesday.

Kadhimi met with Turkish Ambassador to Iraq Fatih Yidliz in Baghdad on Wednesday, the premier press office said in a tweet.

“Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi receives a written letter from the Turkish President including an official invitation to visit Turkey,” Kadhimi’s office said.

Tensions between Iraq and Turkey deteriorated after a Turkish air strike killed two Iraqi border guard’s commanders and a driver in the Kurdistan Region’s district of Sidakan in August.

The Iraqi foreign ministry cancelled a visit by the Turkish defense minister to Iraq in response to the air strike.

Turkey intermittently carries out airstrikes and artillery shelling against suspected positions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party on the Kurdistan Region’s border areas with Turkey and Iran.

Dozens of civilians have been killed and wounded in the Turkish strikes in northern Iraq.

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