Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, affirmed, on Wednesday, that his country stands by Iraq against what he described as “Turkish violations”, while Egypt condemned Ankara’s targeting of an Iraqi border guard vehicle.
Gargash said on his official Twitter page: “We stand with brotherly Iraq in the face of the continuous Turkish violations of its sovereignty. Our position is consistent in rejecting regional interference in Arab affairs. Normal relations between countries must be based on full respect for sovereignty and non-interference in internal affairs.”
We stand with brotherly Iraq in the face of the continuous Turkish violations of its sovereignty. Our position is firm in rejecting regional interference in Arab affairs. Normal relations between states must be based on full respect for sovereignty and non-interference in internal affairs.
For its part, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying that it condemned “a Turkish drone targeting a vehicle belonging to the Iraqi border guards in the “Sidkan” area in northern Iraq yesterday, which resulted in the killing of a number of Iraqi soldiers, and which represents an unacceptable violation of the sovereignty of brotherly Iraq. and a new threat to regional security and stability.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry offered “Egypt’s sincere condolences to the families of the victims and the valiant Iraqi army. The statement also included an affirmation of Egypt’s government and people’s solidarity with the brotherly Iraqi government and people in the face of these provocative practices, while stressing the need to fully respect Iraq’s sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity against any external interference.” As she put it.
Iraq had canceled a scheduled visit of the Turkish Defense Minister, Hulusi Akar, to its territory, and the Iraqi Foreign Ministry summoned Ankara’s ambassador to it, in protest against the Turkish bombing that led to the killing of two officers and a soldier from the Iraqi armed forces.
Baghdad has threatened to reconsider the extent of cooperation between it and the Turkish side, refusing to see Iraqi territory as an arena for settling accounts and describing the Turkish operation as a “violation” of its sovereignty.
On Tuesday, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry indicated that Turkey bombed the Sidekan area of the Erbil governorate in the Kurdistan region of Iraq via a drone.
Source: CNN Arabic