Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari calls on Arab states to pressure Turkey into recalling troops

July 26, 2016 5:28 am

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari (AFP)

Iraqi
Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari has called on Arab states to
pressure into withdrawing its forces deployed in .

“We
have called on the Turkish government many times via diplomats to
return their forces to Turkey,” said Jaafari during the 27th Arab League
Summit held in Mauritania’s capital Nouakchott on Monday.
He
noted that Turkey had vowed to withdraw its troops, but is yet to abide
by its promise. He further stressed that Iraq had no need for Turkish
troops on its soil.
Last
December, Turkey deployed some 150 soldiers, equipped with heavy weapons
and backed by 20 to 25 tanks, to the outskirts of Mosul, the capital of
Iraq’s northern Nineveh province.
Ankara
claimed the deployment was part of a mission to train and equip Iraqi
Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the fight against Daesh terrorists, but
Baghdad denounced the unauthorized move as a violation of Iraq’s
national sovereignty.

“Iraq’s
policy of good neighborliness and non-interference in the internal
affairs of other countries and its commitment to good relations with
Turkey does not mean it is prepared to neglect its sovereignty, which is
still violated by the Turkish forces,” Jaafari said.

In
June, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (seen above) said that
Baghdad was harboring serious concerns over Ankara’s intended plans for
the country’s second-largest city of Mosul, adding
that any interference in the northern city would result in an extended
and bloody war in the region.

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