Turkey calls on US to pursue an open and consistent policy on Iraq unity
Turkey has called on the United States and the international community to pursue a “consistent, decisive and clear” policy for the protection of the territorial integrity of Iraq, in reaction to Washington’s categorization of Ankara’s statements against Iraqi Kurdish groups as “threatening.”
“Turkey has pursued a clear and net stance before and after of the referendum held by the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government [KRG].
This stance is based on the principle that prioritizes the protection of regional peace and stability, promotes the international and Iraqi constitution and takes care of the comfort and prosperity of the entire Iraqi people,” said Hüseyin Müftüoğlu, spokesman of the Turkish Foreign Ministry in a written statement on Sept. 28.
“At the point we have arrived, the international community should pursue a consistent, decisive and clear policy for the protection of Iraq’s political unity and territorial integrity,” he said.
At a press conference on Sept. 25, the spokeswoman of the U.S. State Department Heather Nauert described President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s statements on the KRG as threatening without making further remarks.