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Turkish officials meet with Iraqi Kurds

May 2, 2008 at 10:25 PM

ANKARA, Turkey, May 2 (UPI) -- Turkish representatives gathered with the prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq in Baghdad, opening talks between Iraqi Kurds and Turkey.

Iraqi Kurdish officials said the meeting was a positive move that will serve as the foundation for further relations between both sides.

The Turkish delegation, led by Turkish Prime Ministry's head, Ahmet Davutoglu, Thursday gathered with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, the Prime Minister of Kurdish administration Nechirvan Barzani and other Iraqi and Kurdish leaders, the New Anatolian reported.

Both sides have decided on future moves to stabilize and build on interactions, Kurdistan Regional Government External Affairs chief Falah Mustafa said.

"The two sides have found the necessary mechanism to overcome these problems and hurdles which hinder the development of the relationship between the two sides," a statement out of Talabani's office read.

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