Davutoğlu pays surprise visit to southeastern town

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Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu arrived in Şırnak in an unannounced visit on Friday, March 4. (Photo: Today's Zaman)

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has gone to the Silopi district of Şırnak province, where a curfew that had been in place for months ended in January, Today’s Zaman reported on Friday.

According to media reports Davutoğlu visit to Silopi was a surprise move. He will perform his Friday prayer in Silopi, media reports say.

A visit to Iran is on Davutoğlu’s official program for Friday.

Silopi since Dec. 14, 2015 had been under a curfew which barred residents from leaving their homes and journalists and observers from witnessing the operations carried out there by the security services.

Davutoğlu told reporters during a visit to London on Jan. 19 that the operation in Silopi, near the border with Iraq, ended “successfully.” After the operation ended, a 24-hour curfew was first eased and then removed completely.

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