GUL MEETS WITH TURKMEN LEADER, DISCUSSES RISING TENSION IN IRAQ
Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul yesterday met with Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITF) leader Sadettin Ergec to discuss the rising tension in Iraq.
Speaking afterwards, Ergec said that he had met with Gul to thank him for Ankara’s steps to support Iraq’s unity, adding that Gul had further pledged all necessary moral and political support.
Asked about Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks saying that Ankara wouldn’t allow a fait accompli in Kirkuk, Ergec said that he believes this is Turkey’s political view. Asked about a possible Turkish intervention in the region, Ergec stressed that he and Gul had talked about moral and political support only.
In related news, Gul is expected to pay an official visit to Washington next month. He will meet with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during his stay to discuss Iraq, the terrorist PKK, and the Middle East.