Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim arrives in Baghdad to discuss the fight against Islamic State and patch up relations strained over the presence of Turkish troops in northern Iraq. Saskia O'Donoghue
An uneasy meeting. The Turkish Prime Minister meeting his Iraqi counterpart Saturday. Binali Yildirim travelled to Iraq to see Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi... at the start of a visit which hopes to thaw a chilled relationship between the two countries. Ties between largely Sunni Muslim Turkey and the Shi'ite-dominated central government in Iraq have been strained... particularly over the presence of Turkish troops at the Bashiqa camp north of Mosul. The issue has caused diplomatic pressure - with Iraq saying the troops were deployed without their permission. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said the presence of the country's forces was an insurance against attack on Turkey. Turkey has also demanded to allow its troops to participate in the siege of Mosul, Islamic State's last stronghold in the country. Yildirim's deputy said last week that the Prime Minister was travelling to Iraq to discuss the fight against terrorism and the future of Iraq.