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Turkey will succeed against wildfires, says Parliament chief

Turkey will succeed against wildfires, says Parliament chief

Iraq's deputy parliament speaker expresses condolences to Turkish parliament head on forest fires in south of country

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Turkey will succeed in subduing forest fires that have been burning over the past few days in the south of the country, its parliament speaker said on Tuesday.

"Turkey continues its fight against the fires. Hopefully, we will be successful," Mustafa Sentop told Iraq's deputy parliament head Bashir al-Haddad, who had called Sentop to convey his condolences for blazes.

"We've seen that the Iraqi parliament has been by our side during all our difficult times," said Sentop, thanking Iraq's legislature.

At least eight people have lost their lives in the wildfires, which started on July 28 and were fanned by strong winds.

In a visit to the areas affected by the forest fires, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said 50 million Turkish liras ($5.91 million) had been released to meet urgent needs.

Al-Haddad, for his part, said that the state and nation of Iraq stood by friendly country Turkey.

"I convey my condolences and best wishes to you and the Republic of Turkey. I hope you will be able to put out these forest fires that have spread all over Turkey as soon as possible," he said.

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