Iraqi President says Turkey cannot expect normal ties with Iraq while violating its sovereignty
Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid said Ankara cannot expect a normal relationship with Baghdad while continuously violating its borders.
Turkey is an important neighboring country with many mutual interests, however Ankara’s violations of Iraqi sovereignty has become a matter of discontent, Rashid told Rudaw on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum at Davos.
“To be honest, the stance Turkey has in terms of entering Iraq, whether through army or aircrafts, has embarrassed the Iraqi government, the Kurdistan Regional government, and both Iraqi and Kurdish people, they all disapprove of this in every way,” Rashid said.
Turkey in November has launched an aerial campaign into Northern Iraq and Northern Syria, targeting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) that it considers as an offshoot of the PKK.