Iraq and Turkey Reach Landmark Security Deal, Signaling Improved Relations

Agreement Aimed at Addressing Security Threat Posed by PKK and May Facilitate Resolution of Crude Oil Dispute

Iraq and Turkey have announced a significant security agreement to address the threat posed by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) during a security summit in Baghdad. This deal marks a positive shift in relations between the two countries and holds the potential to resolve a dispute hindering crude oil flows through the Iraq-Turkey pipeline. 

The agreement underscores joint efforts to combat terrorism, establish a permanent committee, and address various economic and security issues. While Turkey welcomes Iraq’s decision to designate the PKK as a “banned organization,” discussions continue on creating a security corridor along the border and enhancing trade relations. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s upcoming visit to Iraq is expected to further advance discussions on a $17 billion trade route and potentially pave the way for resolving the oil export dispute involving Iraq’s Kurdistan region.