The Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, Muhammad al-Halbousi, sent a message to “some representatives of diplomatic missions in Iraq,” and called on them not to interfere in what “does not concern them.”
He wrote on his Twitter account: “Representatives of diplomatic missions in Iraq have a duty to represent their countries and to strengthen cooperation between the two countries.
Representatives of diplomatic missions in Iraq have a duty to represent their countries and to enhance cooperation between the two countries. Some representatives of those missions must be well aware of their duties, not interfere in matters that do not concern him, and respect the sovereignty of Iraq in order to be treated similarly.
– Muhammad Al-Halbousi (@AlHaLboosii) February 27, 2021
Yesterday, an altercation took place in the media, between the Turkish ambassador in Baghdad, Fatih Yildiz, and his Iranian counterpart, Eren Masjedi, regarding the presence of Turkish forces in northern Iraq.
Masjedi said during a press interview: “We reject the military intervention in Iraq, and the Turkish forces should not be in any way a threat to Iraqi lands, nor should they occupy it.”
He added, “The Iraqi forces must provide security themselves, the Kurdistan region forces should maintain security in their areas, and security will be established in the region. The Turks should withdraw to their international border lines and deploy there, and the Iraqis themselves should ensure the security of Iraq.”
His Turkish counterpart commented on his Twitter account: “The Iranian ambassador will be the last to deliver a lecture to Turkey on respecting the borders of Iraq.”