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Turkey ‘agrees on withdrawal of troops’ from northern Iraq

Ben Ali Yildirim will travel to Erbil to meet with President Massoud Barzani

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Turkey has agreed to withdraw its troops from northern Iraq in statements confirmed by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

The news comes as Turkish Prime Minister Ben Ali Yildirim arrived in Baghdad on Saturday to meet with Abadi to discuss regional issues with Iraqi officials.

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Turkish prime minister is expected to also meet President Fuad Masum and Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jubouri.

Yildirim will also meet with party officials in Baghdad, and a number of politicians, opinion leaders and representatives of the Iraqi Turkmen.

Yildirim will then travel to the Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish region in Iraq, to meet with regional President Massoud Barzani and Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani.

Accompanying Yıldırım during the official visit is the minister of defense Fikri Isik, Ismet Yilmaz minister of education, minister of energy and human resources Berat Albayrak, the economy minister Nihad Zabka, customs and trade minister Bulent Tovnkja.

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