Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had talks with vice president Adil Abd al-Mahdi and Tariq al-Hashimi of Iraq, and Iraqi Premier Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad.

During their meeting, Abd al-Mahdi and al-Hashimi told Erdogan that they were aware of importance of the Turkish motion allowing cross-border operations for the fight against terrorism.

Abd al-Mahdi and al-Hashimi said they could understand the extension of the period of the motion.

On October 6, the Turkish parliament adopted a motion extending government's mandate to launch cross-border military operations to eradicate terrorism threat and attacks stemming from north of Iraq against Turkey.

The mandate was extended for another year starting as of October 17, 2009.

Also, Abd al-Mahdi and al-Hashimi said they were grateful for Turkey to raise the water it was giving to Iraq.

The vice presidents said they would contribute to a peaceful solution in Kirkuk.

During the meeting, the vice presidents also welcomed the decision of Turkey and Syria to lift visa procedures.

Abd al-Mahdi and al-Hashimi said they were grateful for Turkey's contributions to improvement of Iraqi-Syrian relations, and said they expected Turkey to continue contributing to the process.

Erdogan said Turkey would open a consulate in Irbil.

The Turkish prime minister is paying one-day visit to Iraq.

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