Ankara Summons Iraqi Envoy Over Resolution on Turkish Military Presence
11:30 05.10.2016(updated 11:31 05.10.2016)
The Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the Iraqi ambassador over Baghdad's resolution calling the Turkish troops stationed in a military camp in northern Iraq an occupying force, a spokesperson from the ministry told RIA Novosti Wednesday.
ANKARA (Sputnik) – On Tuesday, the Iraqi parliament adopted a resolution voicing a protest against the Turkish military presence in Iraq's town of Bashiqa, located about 19 miles northeast of the city of Mosul. The lawmakers demanded the Iraqi authorities to take necessary legal and diplomatic measures, including a review of the economic relations between the two countries. Ankara has condemned the resolution.
"Ambassador Hisham Ali Akbar İbrahim Al-Alawi was called to the ministry where we raised concerns over the Iraqi parliament's resolution and accusations against Turkey voiced by some Iraqi officials," the spokesperson said.
On December 4, Turkey deployed about 150 troops and 25 tanks to northern Iraq reportedly to help national forces to reclaim the city of Mosul from Daesh jihadists, prohibited in Russia and many other countries.
Following the deployment, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi demanded the withdrawal of the Turkish troops, sent into the Bashiqa camp without Baghdad's approval.
Mosul is Iraq's second-biggest city and capital of the northwestern province of Ninawa. It has been occupied by Daesh since June 2014 and declared the Iraqi capital of its so-called caliphate.
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