Turkish FM pushes Iraqi leaders for consensus over new gov 't

08:45, November 08, 2010      

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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visited Iraq on Sunday to push Iraqi leaders for a consensus at a planned meeting of Iraqi political leaders on Monday, aimed at establishing a new government in the war-torn country eight months after parliamentary elections.

"We are determined to eliminate conflicts among groups in Iraq and exert efforts for a broad-based government which includes all groups," Davutoglu was quoted by the semi-official Anatolia news agency as telling reporters in Arbil after meeting Massoud Barzani, leader of the Kurdish regional government in north Iraq on Sunday.

Turkey has always been in close relationship with all groups in Iraq, irrespective of their sectarian and ethnic origins, he noted.

Davutoglu arrived in Arbil on Sunday as Barzani invited all Iraqi political blocs to hold a meeting on Monday in Arbil in order to overcome the political deadlock that has gripped the country for the past eight months since the March 7 parliamentary vote produced no clear winner.

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