12 October 2011
ANKARA (A.A) - Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Wednesday that Turkey and Iran had extensive cooperation in combating terrorism.
Replying to a question on allegations that terrorist organization's Murat Karayilan had been captured by Iran and later he was released, Davutoglu said that statements made by authorities must be taken into account.
Davutoglu said that there was always extensive cooperation in fight against terrorism between Turkey and Iran and their cooperation was continuing.
Turkish authorities have been following the matter, he said.
Answering a question on Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki's statement on sending Iraqi troops to the north of Iraq, Davutoglu said that he considered Al-Maliki's state Davutoglu said he would meet with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari in Ankara today.
"Mr. Al-Maliki's statement is positive. We have already demanded it. When Iraq preserves its own territories and borders, there is no need for Turkey to stage cross-border operation," he said. Davutoglu said that terrorist organization's taking shelter in Iraqi territories was against Iraqi constitution and basic resolutions of the UN.
Davutoglu said that there were good relations between Turkey and Iraq.