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As only few days remain before the AKP’s major congress on Sept 30, PM Erdoğan invites Iraqi PM al-Maliki and avoids inviting Syrian and Israeli leaders

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The Justice and Development Party has sent invitations to the leaders of a number of regional countries as well as to world heavyweights in a move to provide an international dimension to its congress where Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will run for the leadership of the party for the last time on Sept 30. Hürriyet photo

The Justice and Development Party has sent invitations to the leaders of a number of regional countries as well as to world heavyweights in a move to provide an international dimension to its congress where Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will run for the leadership of the party for the last time on Sept 30. Hürriyet photo

In the run up to his ruling Justice and Development Party’s major congress on Sept. 30, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has invited his regional foe Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to the event while while avoiding to invite for Israeli and Syrian leaders.

The AKP sent invitations to the leaders of a number of regional countries as well as to world heavyweights in a move to provide an international dimension to its congress where Erdoğan will run for the leadership of the party for the last time. Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani, Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, Libyan and Tunisian leaders and politicians from Balkan and Caucasus are among the invitees.

According to the AFP, al-Maliki also received an invitation from Erdoğan to visit Ankara. Erdoğan “sent an official invitation to Prime Minister al-Maliki a few days ago to visit Ankara,” an official said on condition of anonymity. “It is not certain if he will accept.”

Ties between Iraq and Turkey have been marred by a flurry of disputes this year, most recently Ankara’s refusal to extradite Iraqi Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, who has been sentenced to death in absentia by an Iraqi court.

‘Autonomous region’


In August, al-Maliki accused Turkey of treating the autonomous Kurdistan region of north Iraq, with which it has close economic ties, as an “independent state.” Earlier that month, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visited the disputed northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk without informing Baghdad, infuriating Iraq and taking relations to a new low.

Two countries whose leaders have not received invitations are Israel and Syria. Turkey reduced its diplomatic representation level and nearly cut off all diplomatic ties with Israel after the Israeli government refused to issue an official apology and pay compensation over the Mavi Marmara incident, which claimed the lives of nine Turks at the hands of Israeli commandos.

Relations with Syria, who was once a good friend, have also recently been severed as Bashar al-Assad failed to listen to Turkey’s advice and continues to impose violence on his own people.

Former German Prime Minister Gerhard Schröder is expected to attend to the convention. Erdoğan’s speech is expected to be translated into seven different languages including Arabic and Russian.

September/26/2012

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Murat

9/26/2012 3:44:38 PM

Syria did a lot more than that, but lets say that is water under the bridge. Are Turkish jets pounding Syrian cities? Tanks firing into Syria, armed men crossing our common borders in either direction? No.

Recep Ozel

9/26/2012 12:37:31 PM

If Syria did to us half of what we have done to them, how would we feel? and what would we do?

Truth Teller

9/26/2012 11:53:05 AM

"Man's will - his honour"

Shah Hamdan

9/26/2012 11:36:11 AM

PM and AKP is back stabber. He made friendship with Qaddafi, and Assad and later stabbed them. Now he is inviting Maliki which mean his end is near by. Turkish government is a friend killer and no body is escaped from her.

Mark Tak

9/26/2012 7:13:12 AM

Funny in deed, Israel is a superpower, and Syria is a key country in the ME for Russia, Erdogan is playing games and at the end he will end up like Mubarik of Egypt, tossed a side and forgotten maybe going to jail for his crimes against Turkish republic, the day will come we will see all AKP in jail and all their dirty loundry will be exposed, and I blame Israel for not exposing this AKP party as whom they are, Israel has vast resorces to expose them and show the whole World what kind of thiefs

Michael Johnson

9/26/2012 7:12:12 AM

I'm sure Israel feels horribly snubbed.
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