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Iraq looking for good ties with Turkey

InternationalBAGHDAD: Iraq wants good relations with Turkey and will do everything possible to calm Ankaraís fears about its new interim constitution, an influential member of the countryís US-picked Governing Council said on Tuesday.

Abdel Aziz al-Hakim, the head of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), was responding to a question about concerns voiced by Turkey about the basic law, which was officially signed on Monday.

\"We continue to behave in a way not to cause any fear with them and with other countries neighbouring Iraq,\" Hakim told a news conference. \"We are working and looking forward to having a good relation with them to build a new Iraq,\" the council member said at SCIRIís headquarters in Baghdad.

Hakim said the Governing Councilís 25 members, who put aside their own concerns to sign the temporary constitution, hoped to solve all the outstanding problems with the text. \"We are trying to find solutions to all the problems through any kind of procedure we can take in the future,\" said Hakim, who held the councilís rotating presidency in December, without being more specific.

Ankara said on Monday it was unhappy with Iraqís constitution and warned it would pave the way for more instability in the neighbouring country, Anatolia news agency reported.

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