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Iraq: Turkey agree to withdraw troops from Bashiqa 00:21

Iraq: Turkey agree to withdraw troops from Bashiqa

Iraq, Baghdad
January 7, 2017 at 18:00 GMT -00:00 · Published

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi spoke alongside his Turkish counterpart, Binali Yildrim in Baghdad, Saturday, to announce the pair had reached an agreement over the withdrawal of Turkish forces from Bashiqa.

Al-Abadi said Turkey had pledged to respect Iraq's sovereignty and that the two agreed not to interfere in one another's domestic affairs.

The meeting is the first between top Iraqi and Turkish politicians following the diplomatic spat over the presence of Turkish troops in northern Iraq. Baghdad claimed their presence was unauthorised while Ankara said the forces were there to stay.

During the two-day visit, Yildirim and al-Abadi are also set to discuss bilateral cooperation in combatting self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), among other militant groups.

Iraq: Turkey agree to withdraw troops from Bashiqa 00:21
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Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi spoke alongside his Turkish counterpart, Binali Yildrim in Baghdad, Saturday, to announce the pair had reached an agreement over the withdrawal of Turkish forces from Bashiqa.

Al-Abadi said Turkey had pledged to respect Iraq's sovereignty and that the two agreed not to interfere in one another's domestic affairs.

The meeting is the first between top Iraqi and Turkish politicians following the diplomatic spat over the presence of Turkish troops in northern Iraq. Baghdad claimed their presence was unauthorised while Ankara said the forces were there to stay.

During the two-day visit, Yildirim and al-Abadi are also set to discuss bilateral cooperation in combatting self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), among other militant groups.

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