BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu slammed Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for accusing Turkey of feeding instability in the region, saying that the Iraqi leader should deal with his country's urgent problems, such as power cuts, first.
Speaking to reporters in the Egyptian capital of Cairo where he is attending the foreign ministers' meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Davutoglu underlined that "the pain of an Iraqi brother or sister was the pain of Turkey and the happiness of an Iraqi brother or sister was the happiness of Turkey."
"No one can get between our Iraqi brothers and us.
Turkey has never made differentiation between the Sunni, Shiites, Turkmens, Arabs or Kurds.
Whenever there was an act of terror or a painful incident in Iraq, Turkey tried to be the first country to extend help.
The people of Iraq are aware of this.
Prime Minister Maliki should not make efforts to create an agenda to cover up his failure.
We advise Maliki to know the value of Turkey's friendship.
We do hope that Maliki will make statements based on good sense," Davutoglu said.
"Maliki should ask Turkey's influence and contribution to Palestine, the peoples going through a great democratic change in northern Africa, to Egypt, to the Gulf and to the Iraqi streets.
Turkey's contributions to regional peace is obvious," Davutoglu also said.