Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Iraq cancels Turkish Defense minister visit, summons ambassador

Iraq cancels Turkish Defense minister visit, summons ambassador
Iraq cancelled on Tuesday the Turkish defence minister’s visit to the country which was scheduled for Thursday, Iraq’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

The ministry also summoned the Turkish ambassador to hand him “a strong protest note and inform him of Iraq’s confirmed rejection of his country’s attacks and violations”, the statement added.

A Turkish drone strike on Tuesday in the Sidakan area in northeastern Iraq, near the Turkish and Iranian borders, killed two members of Iraq’s border guard and the driver of the vehicle they were in, the Iraqi military said.


  1. A Turkish drone strike that killed two senior Iraqi commanders has triggered a harsh response in Baghdad, with the federal government scrapping a high-level protection assembly and summoning Ankara’s ambassador to rebuke the assault.

    The Iraqi International Ministry known as on the Turkish ambassador on Tuesday to “inform him of Iraq’s confirmed rejection of his nation’s assaults and violations” and voice “a robust protest” over the drone strike, which killed a common and a brigadier within the nation’s Border Guards in Iraqi Kurdistan, together with the motive force of their automobile. A go to by Turkish Protection Minister Hulusi Akar was additionally cancelled following the assault, which was confirmed by the Iraqi army.

    “A Turkish assault utilizing a drone focused a army automobile of the Border Guards within the Sidekan space and brought about the loss of life of the commander of the Second Brigade, the commander of the Third Regiment… and the motive force on the wheel,” Iraq’s safety media cell stated in a tweet...

  2. Iraq Cancels Turkish Defence Minister Visit After Iraqi Soldiers Killed in Kurdistan Shelling...

    Earlier on Tuesday the Iraqi government condemned a Turkish drone strike in the country's province of Erbil that killed two Iraqi soldiers, slamming "repeated military violations" by Ankara as a "dangerous violation of Iraqi sovereignty, international law and the UN Charter".

    Iraq cancelled a 13 August visit by the Turkish Defence Minister, Hulusi Akar, to the country, following condemnation of a Turkish drone strike in the Erbil province that killed two Iraqi border guards, according to an Iraqi Foreign Ministry statement.

    The Turkish ambassador in Iraq has been summoned to Baghdad after the Turkish drone attack.

    "We are announcing the cancellation of the visit by the Turkish defense minister to Iraq, scheduled for Thursday. The Foreign Ministry will summon the Turkish ambassador and hand him a note of protest in connection with the attack", the Iraqi Foreign Ministry said.

    Earlier on Tuesday, Baghdad reported that at least two servicemen had been killed in a drone strike against a military vehicle in the Sidekan area. According to the Al-Sumaria TV channel, five Iraqi servicemen were killed, along with ten members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Iraq condemned the attack, denouncing "repeated military violations" by Turkey as "dangerous violation of Iraqi sovereignty, international law and the UN Charter". (sputnik)


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