Turkey is keen to increase its level of trade with Iraq, but will do so within the framework of the UN oil-for-food program, said Sinan Aygun, the chairman of the Ankara Chamber of Commerce, reported the Anatolia News Agency. Still, Aygun added, “we want the U.N. embargo on Iraq to be lifted."
Reportedly, Aygun made these comments in conversation with Faruq Yahya Al-Hicazi, the Iraqi ambassador to Turkey. Noting that Turkey had lost more than $50 billion in the decade since the Gulf War, Aygun described Turkey as the country most seriously affected by the UN embargo against Iraq. Aygun expressed his wish that a Turkish-Iraqi business council be created to enhance bilateral trade.
In response, the Iraqi ambassador said that the Iraqi government wanted relations between Turkey and Iraq to be even better than those years before the Gulf War.
Reportedly, Turkey is currently planning changes to upgrade its diplomatic relationship with Iraq. It is preparing to send an ambassador to Baghdad, and will open a second border crossing on the Iraqi border. Furthermore, with the approval of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Turkish private companies have sent planes carrying humanitarian aid to Baghdad. — (Albawaba-MEBG)