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Iraqi FM expects continuity in ties with Turkey, no matter who wins election

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Iraq's Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein gives a joint press conference with his German counterpart at the foreign ministry headquarters in Baghdad on March 7, 2023. (Photo by Murtaja LATEEF / AFP) (Photo by MURTAJA LATEEF/AFP via Getty Images)

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region of Iraq — Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein said he does not expect the outcome of the Turkish election to affect Iraq-Turkey ties. 

“Turkey has been a strategic and vital partner for Iraq in all realms — politics, economics and security — and we hope and expect this will continue no matter the outcome of the election,” said Hussein in an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Turks will cast their votes Sunday in a seemingly too-close-to-call contest between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu

Hussein deferred when asked if Iraq had a preference in the Turkish election, saying “that’s an internal Turkish matter.” 

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