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(DIP) TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS TRAFFIC TO INCREASE IN TURKISH AND IRAQI PORTS.

ANKARA, Jul 18, 2010 (TUR) -- Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said traffic was expected to increase in Turkish and Iraqi airports, Habur Border Gate and ports in the Mediterranean Sea and Basra Gulf with improvement in economic relations between Turkey and Iraq.

Davutoglu replied to the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Turgut Dibek's question "did Turkey have talks with the Iraqi state or regional administration in the north of Iraq regarding the north of Iraq's linking to the Mediterranean Sea via Turkish ports?"

Davutoglu said boosting economic and cultural ties with Iraq was among basic parameters.

"Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki chaired the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council Meeting in Baghdad on October 15, 2009. As a result of this meeting, the two countries signed 48 memorandum of understandings on several areas including energy, trade and health," Davutoglu said.

"Current traffic is expected to increase in Turkish and Iraqi airports, Habur Border Gate and ports in the Mediterranean Sea and the Basra Gulf with improvement in economic relations between Turkey and Iraq," he said.

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Date:Jul 18, 2010
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