Turkish minister's plane denied permission to land in Northern Iraq: official

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 04, 2012 7:45 AM

ANKARA (Reuters) - A plane carrying Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz to northern Iraq's Arbil was denied permission to land on Tuesday by the central government in Baghdad, a Turkish energy ministry official said on Tuesday.

The plane, which had taken off from Istanbul, was forced to land in Turkey's Kayseri, a city southeast of the capital Ankara, the official said. Yildiz had been due to attend an energy conference in Arbil.

(Reporting by Orhan Coskun; Writing by Jonathon Burch; Editing by Nick Tattersall)