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Turkey condemned on Saturday Iraq for a shameful behavior against Turkish flag near Turkish Consulate General in Basra.
A Foreign Ministry statement said that a group of 200 people staged a protest near Turkey's consulate general on Saturday morning.
"We strongly condemn and regret the shameful behavior against the Turkish flag during the demonstration, which was manipulated by some impertinent circles," the statement said.
The statement said Turkey had launched initiatives at the Iraqi Embassy in Ankara, and warned the Iraqi authorities.
"Turkey has also recalled that the security of diplomatic representations was the responsibility of the countries where the representation was situation," the statement said.
The statement said Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu spoke to his Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari and stressed all those issues.
"The Iraqi ambassador has said that the incidents were unacceptable and they were staged by a group of impertinent people. The ambassador also said that the Iraqi government was deeply sorrow about what has happened and conveyed formal regret over the incident," the statement said.
The statement said Iraqi foreign minister strongly condemned the attack, and quoted the minister as saying that they would do whatever they could to find the assailants.
Turkey would continue to follow the measures taken by Iraq and other countries to ensure security of diplomatic representations and respect its national symbols, the statement said.
Iraq also condemned on Sunday an attack on a Turkish flag in a demonstration in Basra.
An Iraqi Foreign Ministry statement said that a group staged a demonstration in front of Turkish Consulate General in Basra to express their stance and views about Turkey's politics.
"We back freedom of expression under law and order, however we condemn the move of some demonstrators to set Turkish flag on fire," the statement said.
The statement said that behavior harmed bilateral relations between Turkey and Iraq.
"Turkey to continue to monitor developments"
Turkey's prime minister said on Sunday that Turkey would continue to monitor developments regarding an attack on its consulate in Basra, Iraq.
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said demonstrations in front of the consulate were staged by some extreme groups, and Turkish Foreign Ministry held talks with the Iraqi foreign minister regarding the incident.
"The Iraqi foreign minister said they would catch the assailants and expressed regret over the incident," Erdogan told reporters before flying to Pakistan.
Erdogan said Turkey asked Iraqi authorities to continue monitoring developments regarding the incident, adding that Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi was Turkey's guest and would return to his homeland whenever he wanted.
"We will host him until the day he returns," Erdogan said.
Moreover, Erdogan said border crossing with Syria was open now, and closure of border crossings would harm Syria not Turkey.Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Mayıs 2012, 16:58