Turkish army soldiers stand guard as Kurdish people wait in a hope to enter Cizre, a town subject to a curfew as part of a controversial operation against Kurdish rebels, on March 22, 2016 in Mardin, for Newroz celebration. Nowruz, the Farsi-language word for 'New Year', is an ancient Persian festival, celebrated on the first day of spring, March 21, in Central Asian republics, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iran. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN

Turkey is discussing cooperation in the fight against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated on Tuesday.

Suleyman Soylu, the head of the Interior Ministry of Turkey, stated yesterday that many areas in the Hakurk area in the northern part of Iraq came under the control of the Turkish armed forces.

According to Soylu, the Turkish forces advanced 26-27 km deep into Iraqi territory, with their ultimate goal being the Qandil Mountains, where the PKK camps are located.

“There will be quadrilateral cooperation between Turkey, the United States, Baghdad and Erbil, since the PKK is also the enemy of Erbil … We are determined to clear our borders from the PKK. Iraq’s support is key, because it is Iraqi land,” he continued.

“The PKK left Sinjar, but still has a significant presence in the mountains of Qandil and outside of this region. We will clear all these areas,” Cavusoglu stated at a press conference in Antalya.

According to the Turkish Foreign Minister, the operation against the PKK in Northern Iraq requires an exchange of intelligence between Ankara, Washington, Baghdad and Erbil, and “the necessary work is being done for this purpose.”

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Should PKK consider to relocate in Ankara?