On Sunday, KRG leader Masoud Barzani arrived in Istanbul and held meetings with the Turkish leadership. During the visit, the flag of the KRG was up together with the flags of both Iraq and Turkey.
According to the Hurriyet Daily News, MHP leader Devlet Bahceli criticized the move, calling it "scandalous, careless and a disgrace" and added that Barzani had provided Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is considered a terrorist organization in Turkey, with support.
The KRG is the central authority of Iraqi Kurdistan located in northern part of the country. The structure was established in 1992. The KRG leadership has repeatedly stated their desire to gain independence from Baghdad.