Turkish Energy Minister banned from to landing in Iraq

Turkish Energy Minister banned from to landing in Iraq

PanARMENIAN.Net - A plane carrying Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz to an energy conference in Iraqi Kurdistan was denied permission to land on Tuesday, December 4 by the central government in Baghdad, a Turkish energy ministry official said, according to Reuters.

The plane, which was en route from Istanbul to the northern Iraqi city of Arbil, was forced to land in Turkey's Kayseri, southeast of the capital Ankara, the official said.

The plane would not seek permission to land again and the minister would now not attend the conference, the official said.

It was not immediately clear why the minister's private aircraft had been denied permission and officials in Baghdad were not immediately available for comment.

Ties between Ankara and Baghdad have been strained for the past year since Shi'ite Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordered the arrest of Sunni Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, based on allegations that he ran death squads. Turkey is now giving sanctuary to Hashemi.

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