Arab League chief denounces Turkish aggression on northern Iraq

Ahram Online , Wednesday 20 Apr 2022

Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit denounced on Tuesday attacks carried out by Turkish troops as part of military operations in northern Iraq.

Ahmed Abul Gheit


A reliable source at the pan-Arab body said that the Arab League chief affirmed that such attacks violate Iraq's sovereignty and flout international law.

It added the Turkish aggression fuels tension in Iraqi-Turkish relations, calling on Ankara to put an end to its violations and respect the sovereignty of Iraq and the good neighborliness principle.

Iraqi Presidency confirmed on Tuesday, that the Turkish operation breach Iraqi sovereignty and threat National Security, indicating that the repetition of these operations is unacceptable.

The Presidency of Iraq said on Tuesday it is following with great concern the ongoing Turkish military operations within the Iraqi borders in Kurdistan region, and considers them a violation of Iraqi sovereignty and a threat to Iraqi national security”, said the spokesman for the Presidency of the Republic in a statement, received by the Iraqi News Agency (INA).

The spokesman added: "The repetition of Turkish military operations inside the Iraqi borders in Kurdistan region and without coordination with the Iraqi federal government despite previous calls to stop them and hold talks and coordination around them is unacceptable," noting that "at a time when we emphasize strengthening positive relations with Turkey on the basis of common interests, and resolving security issues through prior joint cooperation and coordination, but unilateral security practices in addressing outstanding security issues are unacceptable, and Iraqi sovereignty must be respected."

He continued: "The decision of the official Iraqi state and its unified foreign policy is based on Iraq's refusal to make its land a field of conflicts, an arena to settle score or violating its sovereignty and threatening its security and internal stability," noting that "Iraq refuses to be a starting point for aggression and threats against any of its neighbors."  

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