Turkey summons Iranian envoy for remarks on Iraq operations conflict news
Turkey claims that the presence of the PKK in Iraq is a threat to national security and that it is Baghdad’s responsibility to take action against the rebels.
Turkey summoned the Iranian ambassador to the country on Sunday for comments alleging Ankara violated Iraq’s sovereignty, state media reported.
Ambassador Mohammad Farazmand called to Turkish Foreign Ministry after Iranian Ambassador to Iraq made comments on Ankara’s cross-border military offensive against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters based in northern Iraq.
Iranian envoy Iraj Masjedi criticized Turkey’s operations in an interview Rudaw news agency Saturday.
Ministry officials expressed “Turkey’s rejection of the accusations made by Iran’s envoy to Baghdad, stressing that Ankara is fighting the terrorist organization PKK, which aims for the stability of Iraq,” reported the Anadolu news agency, citing anonymous diplomatic sources.
Farazmand has been told that Ankara expects “Iran to support, not oppose, Turkey’s fight against terrorism.”
Turkey’s envoy to Iraq also denounced the comments in a Twitter message on Saturday.
“The Iranian ambassador would be the last person to lecture Turkey on respecting Iraq’s borders,” said Fatih Yildiz.
Yes I saw that. The Iranian Ambassador would be the last person to give the floor to Turkey on respecting Iraq’s borders.
– Fatih YILDIZ / أبو عشقم (@FATIHYILDIZ_MFA) February 27, 2021
Meanwhile, the Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned the Turkish envoy to Tehran to officially protest the “unacceptable” comments by Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, who said PKK members were present on the ground. Iranian.
Iran’s foreign ministry also criticized Yildiz’s “unwarranted” remarks.
‘Reject military intervention’
Turkey claims that the presence of the PKK in Iraq is a threat to national security and that it is Baghdad’s responsibility to take action against the rebels. Ankara has vowed to defend its borders as long as the group operates in the region.
Masjedi said in the interview: “We reject military intervention in Iraq and Turkish forces should not pose a threat or violate Iraqi soil. The security of the Iraqi region must be maintained by Iraqi forces and [Kurdistan] regional forces in their region.
“We do not accept at all – whether it is Turkey or any other country – to intervene militarily in Iraq or to advance or have a military presence in Iraq.”
Turkey launched the Operation Claw-Tiger in June 2000 in the region of Haftanin, in northern Iraq. He targeted PKK positions with hundreds of airstrikes and deployed special forces in the area.
The PKK – designated a “terrorist” group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union – took up arms against the Turkish state in 1984. More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict raging in the south -est of Turkey.
The Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq, dominated by the Kurdistan Democratic Party (PDK), see the PKK as a worrying presence but have never been able to uproot it from bases in northern Iraq.
Maziar Motamedi contributed to this report from Tehran