In his visit to Ankara on Tuesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi discussed the possibility of working with Turkey to open a second border gate between the two countries at the Ovakoy Border Crossing.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday (August 14) they would work to open a second border gate between both countries.
Abadi met with Erdogan following his arrival to Ankara on Tuesday for talks on bilateral cooperation.
Erdogan said in a press conference that both countries reached understandings to cooperate on confronting terror and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
“Turkey is ready to provide Iraq with all [kinds of] assistance,” Erdogan added.
Iraqi Premier, for his part, expressed support for Turkey saying the country will not allow any party to attack Turkish soil from Iraq.
Iraq will work with Turkey to open the Faysh Khabur border gate between both countries, Abadi said during the press conference.
“We discussed the opening of the Faysh Khabur border gate with the [Turkish] president. It will be a direct border gate between Iraq and Turkey,” he added.
Erdogan also said the second border gate would benefit both countries.
The Ovakoy-Faysh Khabur border gate will directly link Turkey to Baghdad via a 570-kilometers highway, according to Yeni Safak. The planned border gate is expected to also trigger an economic revival in Mosul.