During the conversation, Erdoğan also discussed the trial process regarding Hashimi, and went on to state, "We cannot accept the concept that Hashimi is in any way related to the terrorist attacks in the nation. Cases involving political figures should not be politicized. The trial process needs to be handled objectively in a manner that is distanced from pressure. Within this framework, it may be beneficial to the process to hold the trial in Kirkuk rather than in Baghdad."
Erdoğan also expressed that problems experienced between joint governments, such as exerting pressure on certain cabinet members could negatively affect democracy. Erdoğan went on to define Turkey's Iraq policy to Maliki by stating, "Iraq's sovereignty and territorial integrity is very important for us. At the same time, our greatest wish is for the Iraqi public to live in peace, democracy and prosperity."
"WE DO NOT DISCRIMINATE"
After relaying his wishes for Erdoğan's safe recovery following the surgery he underwent in month's past, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Maliki, went on to state that nobody is discriminated against for their religious beliefs in his country. Relaying that Iraq has faced difficult times due to terrorist attacks, Maliki spoke out against the criticism of an authoritarian regime by stating, "We will advance democracy in Iraq." According to the information obtained, Maliki expressed that the trial process regarding Hashimi will be held in Baghdad.
This is a translation of an article originally written by Yahya Bostan.
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