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Turkey to open visa office in Iraq’s Kirkuk city

A member of Iraqi security forces waves an Iraqi flag meters away from the Peshmerga site in Kirkuk, Iraq on October 14, 2017. Iraqi security forces continue to deploy troops at southern Kirkuk as tension between Hashd al-Shaabi fighters and Peshmerga increases. [Hassan Ghaedi/Anadolu Agency]
A member of the Iraqi security force waves an Iraqi flag meters away from the Peshmerga site in Kirkuk, Iraq on 14 October 2017 [Hassan Ghaedi/Anadolu Agency]

Turkey will open a visa application center in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, Ankara’s ambassador to Baghdad said Saturday.

During his visit to predominantly Turkmen town Tuz Khurmatu, Fatih Yildiz said: “In the near future, we will discuss with the Iraqi government about opening a diplomatic mission in Kirkuk.”

The envoy praised Iraqi Turkmen’s resistance against Daesh terrorist group in recent years, adding that Tuz Khurmatu will also get support like other Turkmen towns in Iraq.

Shamsadin Bashirli, chief of Bashir district near Kirkuk, said he expected Turkish aid to rebuild Turkmen towns destroyed by Daesh.

“Since 2003, Turkey made it possible for us to return to our towns which were destroyed by Saddam Hussein, Turkmens have returned to houses which Turkey built since 2005, and now we expect it continue,” Bashirli said.

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