Baghdad (NINA) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned on Sunday, Apr. 22, the Turkish Ambassador to Iraq, Yunis Dimirer.
A statement issued by the Ministry said, "In the meeting Foreign Undersecretary, Labib Abbawi, conveyed Iraqi government's strong protest of Turkey's Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, regarding the political situation in Iraq, considering it unacceptable interference in Iraq's domestic affairs."
It called on the Turkish government to, "Stop making statement that harm Iraq's national sovereignty and its domestic affairs, rather to seek diplomatic means to express its opinions concerning the ongoing developments in both countries and the region to preserve the strong relations between both countries and people, and Iraq's sincere intention to develop bilateral relations and consolidate them."
After his meeting with the President of Kurdistan region, Massoud Barazani, on Thursday, Turkey's Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, attacked Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, describing him of being "selfish" and accusing him of instigating sectarianism.
Erdoğan said in a joint press conference with Barazani, that developments in Iraq are not promising, especially the behavior of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki toward his partners in the ruling alliance, his "selfishness" dangerously disturb Shiite, Kurdish and Sunni groups.
Maliki responded to Erdoğan's statement by saying that Turkey is becoming a "hostile state" in the area because of the policies of its Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. / End.