Turkey Initiates Talks with Baghdad to Use PUK Against PKK: Source

ERBIL — As part of a plan to limit the military movements by the forces linked to Iran, the Turkish government is reportedly beginning talks with Baghdad to encounter the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) with the help of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).

According to the information BasNews has obtained from a source with knowledge about the issue, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s visit to Baghdad is part of the initiative.

The source said that Cavusoglu will visit Baghdad to meet with top officials there, including Iraqi President Barham Salih who owes his appointment to presidency to the PUK.

Barham Salih abandoned his newly established Coalition for Democracy and Justice party last month to rejoin the PUK and win Iraq’s presidency.

The source explained that Ankara is seeking Baghdad and PUK’s help to limit the military operations carried out by the PKK against Turkey. For this purpose, the Turkish government might further step up its anti-PKK operations in the border areas of Kurdistan Region where PUK is in control.