Iraq's premier to visit Turkey

Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari will visit Turkey on Tuesday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Monday. Al-Jaafari was expected to meet with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul to discuss escalating tensions in neighboring Iraq .

Turkey has said it wants to contribute to regional peace, fearing that heightened tension in Iraq could also affect Turkey . "We wish that developments in Iraq can be brought under control as soon as possible," said Cemil Cicek, the government spokesman and justice minister.

Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose militia was blamed for many attacks on Sunnis, was also expected to visit Turkey after al-Jaafari, the semiofficial Anatolia news agency quoted Erdogan as saying Monday, reports the AP.

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