The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Summons Chargé D’Affairs of the Turkish Embassy in Baghdad

The Senior Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs H.E. Mr. Nizar Al-Khairallah, summoned the Chargé d’Affairs of the Turkish Embassy in Baghdad on Monday, 3rd of May 2021, at the Ministry’s headquarter’s, and handed him a note of protest in which the Iraqi government expressed its strong resentment and condemnation of the presence of the Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar in the Iraqi territory and meeting with Turkish forces that are illegally present there without coordination or prior approval by the relevant authorities in Iraq.
The note also condemned the statements of the Turkish Minister of Interior regarding Turkey’s intention to establish a permanent military base in northern Iraq.
H.E. Mr.AlKhairallah affirmed that the Iraqi government categorically rejects the continuing violations of Iraqi sovereignty and sanctity of its lands and airspace by the Turkish military forces, and that continuing with such an approach is not consistent with friendly relations, good neighborliness, and standing international laws and norms.
He also stated that resorting to unilateral military action is not the effective way to resolve common security challenges.