ISTANBUL - Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said he wanted to improve strained ties with neighboring Turkey, but warned Ankara in a newspaper interview not to interfere in Iraq's internal affairs.
In the latest sign of worsening relations between Iraq and Turkey, the central government in Baghdad on Tuesday denied permission to land for a plane carrying Turkey's energy minister to an energy conference in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Baghdad has been angered by Ankara's moves to forge closer ties with northern Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government, which is in a dispute with the federal government over oil and land rights.
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