Press Statement

Foreign Minister Mr. Fuad Hussein made telephone contacts with his counterparts, Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French Foreign Minister, Mr. Heiko Maas, the German Foreign Minister, and Mr. James Cleverley, British Member of Parliament and State Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, each separately.

The Minister discussed with them the most prominent political and security developments in Iraq, the latest of which is the recent attack by Turkey which caused the martyrdom of two officers and an Iraqi soldier.

During these three contacts, the Minister expressed his rejection of Turkey’s violations of the sanctity and sovereignty of Iraq, condemning the recent attack on the Sidakan area in Erbil governorate of Kurdistan.

Minister Fuad Hussein called for the importance of their governments taking an active role to stop the repeated attacks from the Turkish side, and to withdraw its forces infiltrating Iraqi territory.

The Ministers on their part expressed their condolences to the Iraqi government for the victims of this attack, affirming their countries’ solidarity with Iraq, and their condemnation of this attack, and the need to respect the principles of good neighborliness, and the international laws that regulate relations between the countries of the world, and respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq.

Foreign Ministry Official Spokesman
Dr. Ahmed Al-Sahaf