Iraq calls on Turkey to stop violating sovereignty when meeting with France

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Iraqi President Barham Salih called on Turkey to stop violating Iraq’s sovereignty during a meeting with visiting French Defense Minister Florence Parly, his press office said in a statement on Thursday.Turkey’s violations of Iraqi sovereignty through military incursions must end, Al Arabiya said, citing Salih. Ankara’s actions violated international law and undermined good neighborly relations, he said.

Parly arrived in Baghdad on Thursday for a trip that was part of France’s continued commitment to the fight against terrorism and its support for Iraq’s sovereignty, Al Arabiya said, citing the French Defense Ministry.

The minister said her country was ready to provide training, ammunition and logistical support to Iraqi security forces, Iran-based Press TV reported on Thursday.

Salih and Parly discussed ways to further develop Iraqi-French relations and the expansion of cooperation in all areas, especially security and military capabilities, and exchanged views on regional and international events. , did he declare.

Turkey launched a joint air and ground offensive in various parts of northern Iraq in June targeting the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in response to increased attacks on Turkish military forces. Turkey regularly targets the PKK during operations in northern Iraq and on its national territory.

On August 11, the Iraqi military said an airstrike in northern Iraq killed two Iraqi border guards and their driver in Erbil governorate, calling the incident an “attack of blatant Turkish drone ”.

In response to this incident, Iraq canceled a planned visit by Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Baghdad summoned the country’s ambassador to deliver a letter of protest. Since June, senior Iraqi officials have repeatedly called on Turkey to end its cross-border operations.

On Thursday Akar said Turkish forces would continue military operations in northern Iraq until “the last terrorist is neutralized.”

“We are going to destroy the (terrorist) threat there; that’s our goal, ”Akar told Turkish news agency Anadolu in an interview. “There is no retirement. This is the instruction of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

He added: “Other than that, we have no problem with our Iraqi brothers. We are already discussing operations with the Iraqi administration and efforts to neutralize terrorists there. ”

The PKK, designated as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, has been waging an insurgency against the Turkish state for four decades.



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