Ankara (AFP) - Turkey on Wednesday called on its citizens to leave all areas of Iraq, excluding Iraqi Kurdistan, due to increased security risks, the foreign ministry said.
"The scope of our travel warning to Iraq has expanded to include all provinces except for Dohuk, Arbil and Sulaymaniyah," all of which are in the northern region of Iraqi Kurdistan, the ministry said in a statement posted on its website.
Turkey calls on Turkish citizens to leave all Iraqi territory not held by Barzani.
And, Barzani travels to Turkey.
KRG leader Barzani arrives in Turkey, visits MİT headquarters
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani visited Turkey this week to hold talks with Turkish officials amid tensions between Turkey and Iraq over the deployment of Turkish troops in northern Iraq.
Barzani arrived in Ankara on Wednesday afternoon for a two-day official visit. Although it wasn't stated on the official schedule, the KRG leader paid his first visit to the National Intelligence Organization's (MİT) headquarters, Turkish media reported. He is expected to meet with MİT Undersecretary Hakan Fidan.
Barzani is scheduled to have bilateral talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu later in the day. Regional issues and the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are expected to be discussed during the meetings.
KRG president's visit to Turkey came amid the escalating tension between Ankara and Baghdad over the deployment of Turkish troops in Iraqi city of Mosul.