Turkey's foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, is in Iraq to hold meetings in Baghdad and the northern Kurdish region.

His visit came hours after US Defense Secretary James Mattis held similar meetings to push for a united Iraq.

The diplomatic activity comes as the Kurdish region calls for a referendum on independence in September, which some believe could affect the fight against ISIL.

Al Jazeera's Osama Bin Javaid reports from Erbil.

Middle East, Iraq, Politics