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Prime Minister to visit Iraq

Prime Minister to visit Iraq

Prime Minister to visit Iraq

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to pay a one-day visit to Iraq late this month or in early July. The two countries' strategic relationship mechanism will be the primary topic of the meeting. Erdogan and his Iraqi counterpart Nouri Al-Maliki are expected to publicly announce their agreement on such issues as security, energy, the economy, and cultural and social cooperation. A large delegation including several Cabinet members, including Energy Minister Hilmi Guler, is expected to accompany Erdogan. The premier's visit will mark his first trip to Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein's government and the US-led invasion of 2003.