Turkey Says Has Duty to Protect Its Soldiers Carrying Out Training In Iraq

disisleri-bakani-mevlut-cavusoglu-makedonya-7069914_x_oTurkey has a duty to protect its soldiers around the Islamic State-controlled Iraqi city of Mosul and the reason for their presence there is simply to train and advise Iraqi colleagues Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Sunday Baghdad might turn to the UN security council if Turkish troops sent to northern Iraq were not withdrawn within 48 hours.

Speaking in an interview on Turkey’s Kanal 24 television, Cavusoglu said Abadi had repeatedly requested more active Turkish support against Islamic State and said he believed that other countries had played a role in Iraq’s reaction to the deployment, without elucidating.

 

Turkey’s FM Çavuşoğlu: Iran’s Sectarian Policies Dangerous

Turkey has strong differences with Iran over policy in Syria and Iraq, and Tehran’s sectarian policies are a danger to the region, but there is no crisis between the two countries, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday.

In an interview on Turkey’s Kanal 24 television, Cavusoglu said Turkey had always supported Iran and wanted to keep good relations with it, but called on Tehran to refrain from “allegations and slander,” without specifying what he was referring to.

 

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