Iraq says Turkey relations can not improve without troop withdrawal: TV

Iraq says Turkey relations can not improve without troop withdrawal: TV

Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and his Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abadi hold a joint news conference in Baghdad, Iraq, January 7, 2017. Hakan Goktepe/Prime Minister’s Press Office/Handout via REUTERS


(Reuters) Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday relations with northern neighbour Turkey could “not move forward one step” without a withdrawal of Turkish forces from a camp in northern Iraq, state television reported.

Turkish forces have been stationed at Bashiqa camp near Mosul since before the start of an offensive against Islamic State.


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