Iraq top diplomat in Turkey to heal wounds post-Maliki

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari gestures as he speaks during a press conference on October 1, 2014 in the capital BaghdadIraq’s new Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari on Wednesday made a crucial visit to Turkey aimed at mending ties badly strained under the rule of former prime minister Nuri al-Maliki. Al-Jaafari is expected to meet all of Turkey’s top leadership, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during his three-day visit and started the trip by holding talks with Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. Relations between Ankara and Baghdad soured badly in the final years of al-Maliki’s rule, with Erdogan accusing the former premier of bearing the blame for Iraq’s security chaos.

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