The Iraqi Prime Minister has travelled to Turkey for the latest stop in his tour to win support for a new term in office.
Iraq’s politicians have been unable to agree on a new government after elections in March in which Nuri Al-Maliki’s party came a close second.
In a bid to convince the region’s leaders that he should return as Iraq’s prime minister he has visited Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iran.
Iraq’s Arab neighbours and Turkey are keen for the Shi’ite Maliki to form a national unity government with the secular, Sunni-backed party that pipped his in March’s vote.
There are fears that the current instability could result in an upsurge in sectarian violence. Shootings and bombings, like this one on a UN convoy on Tuesday, are still everyday occurrences in the country.