Iraqi PM says Turkish troop problem solved soon

Sunday 08 January 2017 3 months ago 53   Bagdhdad   Print

Turkish Prime Minister discussing with Iraqi PM

Report  Web desk : Iraq and Turkish prime ministers held talks Saturday in Baghdad which both said reflected progress in resolving a bitter row over the presence of Turkish troops in northern Iraq. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said at a joint press conference after meeting Turkey’s Binali Yildirim that the issue would be solved soon. The prime minister and the delegation accompanying him confirmed that this issue will be solved in a satisfactory manner soon, he said. Turkey has for some time maintained troops at a base near Bashiqa, a town just northeast of Mosul, and reinforcements dispatched there in 2015 led to a deterioration in relations between the two neighbours. Baghdad has accused Turkey of violating its sovereignty but Ankara has insisted rebels from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) who are based in northern Iraq should be dealt with.