Kurdish MPs defend Turkish army presence in N. Iraq

Iraqi parliamentarians earlier this week described Turkish troops deployed in Iraq’s Nineveh province as ‘occupiers’

Kurdish MPs defend Turkish army presence in N. Iraq

World Bulletin / News Desk

Kurdish and Turkmen members of northern Iraq’s Kurdish parliament have described the Iraqi parliament’s characterization of Turkish troops deployed in northern Iraq as "occupiers" as "politically motivated".

In a Tuesday session, Iraq’s parliament described Turkish troops deployed in Camp Bashiqa -- located in Iraq’s northern Nineveh province -- as "occupiers".

The assertion drew an immediate response from the Turkish Foreign Ministry, which slammed what it described as the Iraqi parliament's "mischaracterization" of the Turkish military presence in northern Iraq.

"We strongly condemn the Iraqi parliament's unacceptable assertions, including base accusations leveled against the Turkish president," the ministry declared in a Tuesday statement.

The following day, the ministry summoned Iraq’s ambassador to Ankara to voice its displeasure, prompting Iraq’s Foreign Ministry to retaliate by summoning the Turkish envoy to Baghdad.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Ekim 2016, 15:15
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