Turkey wants a stabilized Kurdistan
says Turkish PM Davutoglu:
In a historic first, the flag of Kurdistan was seen behind the Kurdish leader during the meetings.
President of Kurdistan Region Massoud Barzani visited Turkey last week , receiving a warm welcome from top Turkish officials including President Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. In a historic first, the flag of Kurdistan was seen behind the Kurdish leader during the meetings.
The President and Turkish officials discussed the recent deployment of Turkish armed forces to Bashik near Mosul. Barzani said that the KRG is trying to mediate between Ankara and Baghdad, wishing to resolve the disputes through dialogue and mutual understanding.
President Barzani said that Kurdistan Regional Government would remain neutral between Baghdad and Ankara over Abadi’s objection to Turkish troops training Peshmerga forces near Mosul.
On the same day, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi asked NATO to put pressure on alliance member Turkey to withdraw its troops immediately from northern Iraq after Ankara said it would not deploy any more while refusing to pull out those already in Iraq.
“NATO must use its authority to urge Turkey to withdraw immediately from Iraqi territory,” al-Abadi said in a statement, posted after the expiration of a 48-hour deadline set for the withdrawal of the troops.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stressed that his country wants a stable Kurdistan Region—primarily because an unstable Kurdistan Region would be destabilizing for Turkey.
"When the threats in- creased (to the lightly-armed Turkish trainers), we sent troops to protect the camp,” Davutoglu said. “It's not an act of aggression but an act of solidarity.”
Writing on Twitter this week, Brett McGurk, the special US envoy for the anti-IS coalition, said Washington does not sup- port military deployments inside Iraq "absent the consent of the Iraqi government."