Saturday, January 7, 2017

Iraq says deal reached over withdrawal of Turkish forces from Bashiqa

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Saturday an agreement had been reached with Turkey over an Iraqi demand that Turkish forces withdraw from a town near Mosul in the north of the country, Iraqi state TV reported.

Abadi met his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim in Baghdad. State television did not provide further details about the agreement over the town of Bashiqa, where Turkish forces have been stationed since before a recent offensive against Islamic State in northern Iraq.

It said Turkey had pledged to "respect the sovereignty of Iraq" and that Baghdad and Ankara agreed not to interfere in each other's domestic affairs.


1 comment:

  1. Turkish PM says a 'friendly solution' will be found on Bashiqa camp in Iraq...

    Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said that Turkey's Bashiqa camp in Iraq, which had caused a row between the two countries, would be resolved in a “friendly manner.”

    “We talked about this topic. This was not due to pleasure, it has been born out of necessity. We see that a significant step has been taken to clear Daesh from the region. In accordance with that, we will resolve this topic in a friendly manner,” said Yıldırım in a joint press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Jan. 7, in Baghdad.

    Daesh is an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

    Al-Abadi, on the other hand, said that an agreement had been reached with Turkey over an Iraqi demand that Turkish forces withdraw from the Bashiqa camp, Iraqi state TV reported, according to


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