aa.com.tr | shafaaq.com | pukmedia.com  – MESOP  – 15.2. 2013 – ANKARA: –  Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu received First Vice-President of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region and Deputy SG of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Kosrat Rasul in Ankara on Thursday, Anadolu agency reported. The meeting was held closed to press.

 Sources said that Rasul was pleased with the developments between the Kurdistan Regional Government KRG and Turkey and they wanted to have closer cooperation with Turkey in all areas.

Rasul also stated that Turkey was privileged in the region with its developed democracy and they were following the reforms and steps taken by Turkey in admiration. Upon Davutoglu’s question in regards to the health of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Governor of Kirkuk Dr. Najmaldin Karim said that he had spoken to the doctors of Talabani in Germany prior to the meeting and he was getting better day by day.

The high ranking delegation of the PUK arrived Turkey on Tuesday. The delegation include Kosrat Rasul Ali PUK’s First Deputy Secretary General, Mala Bakhtyar Head of the Executive Body of the PUK Political Bureau, Dr. Najmaldin Karim Member of the Party’s Political Bureau, and Dr. Khasro Gul Muhammad Leader in the PUK.

A source in Sulaimaniyah province, Iraqi Kurdistan, revealed on Tuesday, that the PUK delegation in Turkey, seeks to “persuade” Ankara not to be “an obstacle to the implementation of Article 140,” as well as discussing economic and trade issues. The source, who asked not to be identified told Shafaq, that “the delegation of PUK headed by Deputy Secretary General , Kosrat Rasul Ali went to Ankara to meet with officials of the Justice and Development Party and discuss a number of topics of common concern,” stressing that “the delegation will try to persuade Turkey not to be an obstacle to the implementation of Article 140 of the Iraqi Constitution, which addresses the problem of the disputed areas between Erbil and Baghdad, especially in Kirkuk province.” The source added that “the visit’s agenda also includes ways to develop economic and trade relations between Kurdistan Region and Iraq on one hand and Turkey on the other hand.” It is noted that Turkey supports some Turkmen parties in Kirkuk and other areas in its refusing position to join Kurdistan Region and seeks to prevent all efforts to implement Article 140, which addresses the problem of the disputed areas according to reports passed between media and press about some Kurdish officials.