Ankara, Baghdad to mull presence of Turkish military in Iraq: FM
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 12
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
Ankara and Baghdad will discuss the presence of the Turkish military contingent in Iraq near the town of Bashiqa, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, the country’s media reported Dec. 12.
Cavusoglu noted that the presence of the Turkish military in Iraq is not directed against the country, since the military base in Iraq was created at the request of the country’s authorities.
The Turkish military contingent is in Iraq to fight the “Islamic State” (IS) terrorist group, said Cavusoglu.
Earlier, the Iraqi parliament adopted a resolution expressing protest against the presence of the Turkish Armed Forces in the Bashiqa area near Mosul city. Iraqi MPs demanded that the country’s government take the necessary legal and diplomatic measures as well as reconsider economic relations between Iraq and Turkey.