Opinion – Erdogan’s visit to Iraq: new milestone in fight against terrorism

** Coordinator of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies by Orsam, Bilgay Duman shared with the Anadol agency an opinion on the significance of the terrorism of today’s visit to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Iraq

On Monday, April 22, the first visit to the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Iraq.


As part of the visit, the head of state will visit Baghdad and Erbil.

It is expected that thanks to this visit between Ankara and Baghdad, a new mechanism will be formed as part of the fight against terrorism, including counteracting the terrorist organization of the RKK.

It is also expected to create a new and expanded model of cooperation and partnership, covering many spheres, including strengthening trade ties and energy.

After the first round of consultations between the parties in December 2023, the Turkish delegation consisting of Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan, the head of the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) Ibrahim Kalyn and the Minister of National Defense Yashar Guleler visited Baghdad on March 14.

Following the results of two -day negotiations on security issues, a joint declaration was published. According to the document, Iraq defined the terrorist organization of the RSC as a “prohibited organization”. The application indicated the need to create a permanent mechanism to jointly combat terrorism and sign a memorandum of understanding.

At the same time, the Iraqi side announced a readiness for compromise for joint measures with Turkey as part of the fight against terrorism. The current positive atmosphere was further strengthened thanks to the statements of both President Erdogan and Prime Minister Iraq Muhammad Shia al-Sudani.

It can be expected that according to the results of the current visit of President Erdogan to Iraq, specific steps will be taken to further develop relations between the two countries.

At a new stage of relations between Turkey and Iraq, not only military measures are important against the terrorist organization of the RSC, but some steps in relation to a number of NGOs or political structures related to grouping. This is due to the fact that the RSC is trying to strengthen its position in Iraq not only through the armed presence, but also with the help of NGOs and political structures. Based on this, along with military operations against a terrorist organization in Iraq, it is also necessary to limit its activity in public, political, legal, economic and many other areas in this country.

[Coordinator of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies by Orsam Bilgay Duman]

* The author’s opinion may not coincide with the editorial policy of the Anadola agency.