Speaking in a live interview on Friday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that additional troops were recently sent to Turkey’s military camp in Iraq due to increasing security threat by DAESH.
Cavusoglu reiterated that Turkish military camp in Mosul was not a new one and was set up in coordination with Iraqi authorities, at the request of the governor of Mosul almost a year ago to train Kurdish Peshmergas fighting against DAESH.
‘’With the recent developments in the region, our soldiers faces an increasing security threat by DAESH. Accordingly, we sent additional troops to provide security of our forces.’’ Cavusoglu said.
The comments of Cavusoglu came after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi said on Thursday that the solution of Iraq-Turkey "crisis" over the deployment of Turkish troops could only be solved through a "full withdrawal of Turkish troops from Iraqi territory".
Iraqi Prime Ministry issued the statement following a visit from the Turkish delegation which included Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu and the head of the National Intelligence Organization, Hakan Fidan, to Baghdad on Thursday.
The statement also said that the withdrawal of Turkish forces will pave the way for "positive relations, coordination and cooperation between the two neighboring countries in various fields."
It added that the Turkish delegation expressed "Turkey's commitment to respect Iraq's sovereignty and territorial integrity and to support Iraq in the fight against DAESH terrorist organisation."
Sinirlioglu and Fidan arrived in Baghdad on Thursday to hold official meetings with Iraqi Prime Minister al Abadi, Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al Jaafari and Defense Minister Khaled al Obaidi regarding the presence of the Turkish military in Bashiqa town near Mosul.
Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that Turkish soldiers will continue to stay in Iraq's Mosul because they have been stationed there for training purposes at the request of the Iraqi government.
“Our soldiers stationed [in Mosul] have not been stationed there as combat troops. They are there as trainees. Their task in the Bashika camp and another camp has currently been to train [Iraqi armed forces],” Erdogan said in a joint press conference with presidential council members from Bosnia-Herzegovina on Thursday evening.