Tur­key wants a sta­bi­lized Kur­dis­tan

says Turk­ish PM Davu­to­glu:

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

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."

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