Turkey, Iraq to boost anti-terrorism cooperation
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    ANKARA, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- A spokesman for Turkey's Foreign Ministry said Thursday that Turkey would boost cooperation with Iraq in the fight against terrorism in the next period, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

    Spokesman Burak Ozugergin was quoted as saying that Turkey attached great importance to the territorial integrity and political unity of Iraq.

    The Turkish government has informed visiting Iraqi State Minister for National Dialogue Akram al-Hakim that it is pleased with the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between Iraq and the United States which is designed to define U.S. military pullout from Iraq, according to Ozugergin.

    Also on Thursday, Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said when meeting with al-Hakim that SOFA is regarded as a positive development, said the report.

    Babacan told al-Hakim that Turkey gives high importance to the sovereignty and independence of Iraq and it wishes Iraq to develop its security and defense capacity, it said.

    Al-Hakim, for his part, told Babacan that Iraq is ready to develop a strategic partnership with Turkey.

    As special representative of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, al-Hakim's two-day visit to Turkey is part of his tour to regional countries to explain the content of the security pact with Washington and to convey written messages of the Iraqi government.

    Al-Hakim has visited Iran, and is set to travel to Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates.

    The Iraqi cabinet on Sunday approved the security deal, which defines the status of U.S. presence in Iraq until 2011.

Editor: Yan
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