Middle East

Turkey welcomes choice of new Iraq leader

Lawmaker and Deputy Parliament Speaker Haider al-Abadi speaks to the media after an Iraqi parliament session in Baghdad July 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)

ANKARA: Turkey welcomed the naming of Haider al-Abadi as Iraq's new prime minister-delegate Tuesday and called on Iraq's political leaders to back his efforts to form a new government.

"It is a positive and important development for the Iraqi President Fouad Masoum to mandate Haider al-Abadi as prime minister ... We wish him success in his post," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a written statement.

"We call on all Iraqi political leaders to act in consensus and support the formation of the new government."





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