Iraq requests emergency UN meeting over row with Turkey

Iraq has asked the UN Security Council to hold an emergency meeting to discuss Baghdad's growing row with Turkey, an Iraqi official said on Thursday.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Jamal said that the request had been made by Iraq's ambassador to the UN, Mohammed al-Hakim, to talk about "the Turkish side's transgressions and interferences."

The move comes a day after Iraq and Turkey summoned each other's ambassadors amid tensions between the two neighbours over Ankara's stationing of troops inside Iraqi territory.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also irked the Iraqis by saying that Shiite Muslims should not be allowed to live in Mosul, in northern Iraq, after it is freed from Islamic State, a Sunni extremist group that controls the key city since mid- 2014.

"The [Iraqi] request includes a demand to the Security Council to take a resolution that would end the Turkish troops' breach of the Iraqi sovereignty and the Turkish side's non-respect for  principles of good neighbourliness," Jamal said.

The government in Baghdad is a Shiite-dominated cabinet and Turkey has voiced concerns that the military uses Shiite militias to help in its battle against Islamic State.

Baghdad insists that the Turkish troops had been sent to Iraq without its permission and demands their withdrawal.

Turkey says it keeps soldiers in Iraq to train local fighters.

On Saturday, Turkey's parliament passed a resolution extending a mandate authorizing the military to carry out cross-border operations in Iraq and Syria.

Last update: Thu, 06/10/2016 - 12:47

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