Turkish FM criticizes Iraqi premier's invasion remarks

Turkish FM criticizes Iraqi premiers invasion remarks
Date: 2.11.2016 14:29

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Mevlut Cavusoglu has criticized Iraqi prime minister's remarks about an alleged "invasion", a day after Turkish tanks were deployed to Turkey’s southeast border with Iraq.
Speaking to the media in the resort city of Antalya, Cavusoglu said: “There is no stronger supporter [of Iraq] than Turkey which wants Iraq to protect its territorial integrity and its independence. Iraq’s security and stability are as important as ours.”
He said while Turkey backs Iraq’s independence and stability, it was “not a right thing to comment randomly on other countries’ provocations.”
On Tuesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said Iraq did not want war or confrontation with Turkey.
“In case of confrontation, the Turks will pay an exorbitant price,” al-Abadi said, adding that wars between neighboring countries would bring destruction to both countries; however, he said Iraq would be ready for a confrontation with Turkey.


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