ISTANBUL

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a phone call with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi to discuss cooperation in the fight against the coronavirus.

Erdogan and al-Kadhimi also discussed bilateral relations and regional issues, the Turkish Communications Directorate said in a statement.

After originating in Wuhan, China last December, COVID-19 has spread to at least 188 countries and regions, with Europe and the US currently the worst hit.

The pandemic has killed more than 306,000 people worldwide with over 4.5 million confirmed cases, while recoveries have surpassed 1.62 million.

* Writing by Seda Sevencan

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