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Iraq PM says Turkish troop problem solved soon

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (left) and his Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abadi hold talks in Baghdad, on January 7, 2017Iraq and Turkey’s prime ministers held talks Saturday in Baghdad which both said reflected progress in resolving a bitter row over the presence of Turkish troops in northern Iraq. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said at a joint press conference after meeting Turkey’s Binali Yildirim that the issue would be solved soon. Turkey has for some time maintained troops at a base near Bashiqa, a town just northeast of Mosul, and reinforcements dispatched there in 2015 led to a deterioration in relations between the two neighbours.

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