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Monday, September 21, 2009

Turkey Pursues Economic Integration with Iraq

"Turkey Pursues Economic Integration with Iraq
Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 6 Issue: 172
September 21, 2009 03:45 PM Age: 2 hrs

By: Saban Kardas

Turkey and Iraq held the first ministerial meeting of the High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC) in Istanbul on September 17-18. To give substance to the HLSCC (EDM, August 12), eight Turkish and ten Iraqi ministers with responsibility for various portfolios gathered at a joint cabinet meeting. The ministers then held face-to-face meetings with their counterparts to elaborate joint projects in their respective fields. The parties agreed to sign agreements or memorandums of understanding in over 40 areas. The detailed technical work on these projects will continue, before final approval at the Turkish-Iraqi inter-governmental meeting during Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Baghdad in October (Dunya, September 19)."

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