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Turkey thanks US for move against PKK

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, yesterday thanked President George W. Bush for listing a new affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers party (PKK) as a terrorist organisation following signs that the US could take action against the group’s bases in northern Iraq. “It has indeed made us very happy,” Mr Erdogan said of the US decision, announced on January 13, to add the Kurdistan People’s Congress (Kongra Gel) to its terrorist watchlist. Mr Bush described Turkey as a “friend and important ally” of the US, words intended to put differences over the war on Iraq behind them as the two Nato allies focus on the common threat of militant Islamists and the shared problem of stability in Iraq. Mr Bush assured Mr Erdogan that the US wanted a “territorially intact” Iraq, the standard phrase used by the administration. Full Story

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