ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The president of Iraq's self-ruled Kurdish region has called for an end to fighting between Turkey and Kurdish rebels.
Massoud Barzani spoke to Turkey's state television Wednesday as it began broadcasts in Sorani, a dialect of Kurdish spoken in parts of northern Iraq and western Iran.
Turkish Kurdish rebels fighting for autonomy in Turkey's southeast have bases in Iraq's Kurd-dominated north.
But economic and trade interests have improved ties between the Turkish government and political leaders in northern Iraq.
Barzani expressed sorrow over the killing of eight Turkish soldiers and at least 26 Kurdish rebels in a clash near the Iraqi border on Tuesday. He said "the time for war and guns has passed."
Turkey is trying to reach Kurds in and beyond its borders, including through Kurdish language broadcasts.