March 26, 2018 / 11:15 AM / a year ago

Erdogan says Turkish intelligence chief meeting Iraqi official over Sinjar

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during a meeting in Ankara Turkey March 21, 2018. Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.

ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey’s intelligence chief would meet an Iraqi official on Monday to discuss an Iraqi military operation in the northern Sinjar region, where Ankara says Kurdish PKK militants have established a base.

Speaking before leaving for a summit with European Union leaders, Erdogan also said Turkey’s will do “what is necessary” if the Iraqi government operation in Sinjar failed.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay; Writing by Dominic Evans; Editing by David Dolan

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