ANKARA, Turkey – Iraq's president says he wants a "strategic" partnership with Turkey, including getting the neighboring nation's businesses to invest in his oil-rich but war-torn country.
Jalal Talabani made the comments Saturday while wrapping up a visit aimed at easing the tension sparked by Turkey's eight-day military incursion against Kurdish rebels inside Iraq.
Talabani, himself a Kurd, says Iraq wants "to forge strategic relations in all fields including oil, the economy, trade, culture and politics with Turkey."
Talabani arrived in Turkey on Friday, about a week after the Turkish military ended its offensive against the separatist rebels.
The rebels -- who seek autonomy for Kurds in Turkey's southeast -- have often launched attacks on Turkey from bases in northern Iraq.