Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Iraq's plea to the United Nations Security Council over presence of Turkish troops in northern Iraq was not ''an honest move."
Following Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi’s instructions which had been given earlier on Friday, the Iraqi Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim sent a letter to UNSC for the withdrawal of Turkish forces in Mosul.
“It is their natural right to apply to the United Nations Security Council, but it is not a sincere step” Erdogan said.
Erdogan also formerly said that Turkish soldiers have been in Iraq since 2014 upon request of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi.
‘’During a visit to Turkey in 2014, Haider al Abadi asked us to support them by giving military training and upon that a military camp was established in Bashiqa region of Iraq. They know this fact very well. Now I am asking why they have been silent over Turkish troops since that time?’’ Erdogan said.
Turkish President also reiterated that the troops will not be withdrawn from Iraq due to serious terrorist threat from DAESH.
“Because Iraq is a place where terrorist organizations are running wild, especially DAESH … these terrorist organizations are a threat element for Turkey,” Erdogan said early Friday while he added that “If the Iraqi central government does not take the necessary measures against possible threats to Turkey, we have to do it ourselves.”
Approximately 150 Turkish soldiers and 20 to 25 tanks were deployed near Mosul on Dec. 4, leading to tensions between Ankara and Baghdad.
Following the deployment Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced that the troops were sent to replace the training forces of Turkey who have been already in Mosul for almost a year to train Kurdish forces fighting against DAESH.
Meanwhile, Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government President Masoud Barzani also confirmed on Tuesday that deployment of Turkish troops to the town of Bashiqa near Mosul was made in line with an agreement between Turkey and Iraq.