By Emin Avundukluoglu
The Iraqi city of Kirkuk should be run in accordance with its “historic depths”, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Tuesday.
The demographic make-up of the oil-rich region, which includes Turkmens,
“It is a positive development that Kirkuk has been taken under the control of the Iraqi central government,” Yildirim said.
He added: “The points to consider here
On Monday, Iraqi forces took over Kirkuk from Kurdish elements. The operation came weeks after an illegitimate independence referendum in territory controlled by the Erbil-based Kurdish Regional Government (KRG).
Kirkuk was among territory seized by Kurdish forces when the Iraqi military abandoned the city in the face of Daesh advances in 2015 but is not within the borders of the KRG’s autonomous territory.
Backing Baghdad’s decision, Yildirim said Kirkuk had historically been a Turkmen area but “this structure has changed over time.”
Referring to Saturday’s truck bombing in
He added that a Turkish-built hospital, the Recep Tayyip Erdogan Hospital, had played a crucial role in caring for the wounded after the blast, which killed more than 300.
“We do not go to the places we have gone out of any calculation,” he said. “We do not go for dollars, for money but we go for humanity and brotherhood. This is our difference.”