Iraq's President Seeks 'Strategic' Partnership With 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.