Turkey summons Iran envoy over remarks on Iraq operations

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Turkey says the PKK presence in Iraq is a nationwide safety menace and it’s Baghdad’s duty to take motion towards the rebels.

Turkey summoned the Iranian ambassador to the nation on Sunday over remarks alleging Ankara has violated Iraq’s sovereignty, state media reported.

Ambassador Mohammad Farazmand was known as in to Turkey’s overseas ministry after Iran’s ambassador to Iraq made the feedback about Ankara’s cross-border navy offensive towards Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters based mostly in northern Iraq.

Iranian envoy Iraj Masjedi criticised Turkey’s operations in an interview with the Rudaw information company on Saturday.

Ministry officers expressed Turkey’s “rejection of the accusations levelled by Iran’s envoy in Baghdad, underlining that Ankara is fighting the PKK terrorist organisation, which targets Iraq’s stability”, Anadolu information company reported, citing unnamed diplomatic sources.

Farazmand was informed Ankara expects “Iran to support, not oppose, Turkey’s fight against terrorism”.

Turkey’s envoy to Iraq additionally denounced the feedback in a Twitter put up on Saturday.

“Ambassador of Iran would be the last person to lecture Turkey about respecting borders of Iraq,” Fatih Yildiz mentioned.

Meanwhile, Iran’s overseas ministry summoned the Turkish envoy to Tehran to formally protest “unacceptable” feedback by Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, who had mentioned PKK members have a presence on Iranian soil.

The Iranian overseas ministry additionally criticised “unjustified” remarks by Yildiz.

‘Reject military intervention’

Turkey says the PKK presence in Iraq is a nationwide safety menace and it’s Baghdad’s duty to take motion towards the rebels. Ankara has vowed it will defend its borders so long as the group operates within the area.

Masjedi mentioned within the interview: “We reject navy intervention in Iraq and Turkish forces shouldn’t pose a menace or violate Iraqi soil. The safety of the Iraqi space must be maintained by Iraqi forces and [Kurdistan] area forces of their space.

“We do not accept at all – be it Turkey or any other country – to intervene in Iraq militarily or advance or have a military presence in Iraq.”

Turkey launched the Claw-Tiger Operation in June 2000 in northern Iraq’s Haftanin area. It has focused PKK positions with a whole bunch of air strikes and deployed particular forces into the world.

The PKK – designated a “terrorist” group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union – took up arms towards the Turkish state in 1984. More than 40,000 folks have been killed within the battle centered in southeast Turkey.

The Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq, dominated by the Democratic Party of Kurdistan (KDP), see the PKK as a worrying presence however have by no means been capable of uproot it from northern Iraqi bases.

Maziar Motamedi contributed to this report from Tehran