Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Iraq was out of the question, though he promised to “cooperate” on the issue with the US-led anti-ISIS coalition.
Iraq has condemned the “invasion” as a breach of international law.
“Our servicemen went to Iraq as instructors, their mission is limited to training,” Erdogan claimed during a news conference in the Turkish capital, Ankara.
“It is out of the question, at present, that Turkey will pull out its military from Iraq,” he stressed.
The Turkish leader made no mention of possible talks with Iraqi authorities to resolve the controversy. Commenting on the United Nations Security Council’s failure to produce any statement on the incident as per Russia’s request, Erdogan said that Turkey “will follow the process” but “has chosen to cooperate with the international coalition.”
Erdogan however announced a trilateral meeting between Turkey, Northern Iraq Kurdish leaders and US officials scheduled to take place on December 21, according to AP.