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Biden calls Turkish PM amid rising violence in Iraq

(Xinhua)

14:00, January 06, 2012

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday called Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on regional issues, White House said in a statement, amid rising violence in Iraq, Turkey's important neighbor.

White House said that "in the context of close U.S.-Turkish consultation on matters of mutual interest," the two discussed regional issues, including political developments in Iraq.

The call came at a time when Iraq was stuck in a deepening political crisis after the country's highest judiciary body issued an arrest warrant for Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi on terror charges.

Amid an escalation of violence, a spate of car bombs, roadside bombs and rocket attacks rattled Baghdad, Iraq's capital, on Thursday, killing at least 65 people so far.

"Following up on their conversation during the Vice President's trip to Turkey in December, the two leaders agreed on the need to advance security, support the rule of law and encourage democracy in the region," said the White House, adding that the two governments would remain in regular contact on these issues.

In early December last year, Biden visited Turkey, a critical player in the region's geopolitical landscape, on issues such as crisis in Syria, fight against the outlawed Kurdish Worker's Party (PKK) and Iraq's stability after U.S. withdrawal.

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Batuapi at 2012-01-0865.74.1.*
Iraq was a relatively peaceful and prosperous nation under the late President Saddam Hussein. Under the pretext of falsified intelligence Iraq was invaded but no WMD was found. With no apology, only a smuck on his face, President Bush could only claim of democracy being introduce to Iraq. Understand why an Iraqi journalist threw his boots at President Bush during a media conference in Baghdad. To the western world, going to war is a lucrative venture. In due course the new government in Tripoli would be paying UK and France for their services in toppling Colonel Ghadafi. The relentless aerial bombing by NATO forces in Libya has cause much destruction, almost immediately the secretary of defence UK spoke of a USD 300 billion reconstruction opportunity. Unequal treaties will be signed with Libya being exploited of it"s resources. Not withstanding the potential conflict between rival militias fighting for a share of the loot. Again another democratic rhetoric with Libya degenerating into chaos. In short, the gunboat diplomacy of the west is still very much in practice.
  

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