Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan commented on the complaint against the military presence of the Turkish army on Iraqi territory, which asked the UN, the Prime Minister of Iraq Haidar al-Abadi.
«Iraq has every right to file a complaint, but the government of this country is disingenuous. We can’t afford to wait for the invitation of the Iraqi authorities to stop the attack on our country. Such luxury is unaffordable for us,» said the Turkish President.
Saying that Turkey can count on the fact that the Iraqi army will protect its border, Erdogan said in a televised address to the nation that the complaint instigated by Russia and Iran.
Turkish military force on the basis of Bashika in the vicinity of Mosul about a year ago – at the invitation of the Iraqi side. According to the original plan, they were to train Iraqi military. Now official Baghdad accuses that the base used for operations against the Kurds violate Iraq’s sovereignty.
«We have informed Ankara in how long it should evacuate its troops. If this does not happen, Turkey will be responsible for the consequences,» said al-Abadi. This statement was upheld by the Supreme spiritual authority of the Iraqi Shia Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.
In Iraqi cities, continue the demonstration, the participants of which require Turkey to withdraw its troops. During one of the demonstrations the participants-Shiites burned the Turkish flag.