Erdogan calls US withdrawal from Iraq 'premature'

The US has made a big mistake by withdrawing from Iraq, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, 1news.az reports.

Erdogan met his Norwegian counterpart Jens Stoltenberg and reminded him that he had warned US president and vice-president about repercussions from such step.

The Turkish premier noted that the situation in Iraq remains tense and inter-religious conflicts may arise at any moments. Turkey is a neighboring state and cannot remain indifferent to the situation. He added that Iran is planned to be involved in the process.

Erdogan also discussed the situation in Syria. The “blood-thirsty regime” continues killing people, resulting in “2,000 people killed”, he says.

Concerning Iran, the Turkish prime minister will meet Chairman of Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani in Ankara on Wednesday to discuss the situation in Iraq and the US withdrawal.

Sunni politicians accuse Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki of taking power and law enforcers under own control and keeping opponents away from state administration. They also suspect the Iraqi prime minister of conspiracy with Iran.

According to statistics, Sunnis are a minority in Iraq (about 35% of the population). They had a much bigger role in the political life of the state during the rule of Saddam Hussein. With Hussein’s fall, the Shiites took power.

450 views


More Turkey News

Ashkhabad counts on Turkey’s investment activity

Ashkhabad counts on Turkey’s investment activity

Turkey is trying to speed up uniting the Turkic-speaking world and improve its role as a new Muslim center of modernized Islam

Fabricated Purge of Armenians in Istanbul committed by citizens of Armenia themselves

Fabricated "Purge of Armenians" in Istanbul committed by citizens of Armenia themselves

An outrageous case of using a domestic crime for political purposes has occurred recently in Armenia, where the mass media boosted the instance of the robbery and murder of an elderly Armenian couple in Istanbul as the "the first portent" – the …

Yatsenyuk to receive Davutoglu

Yatsenyuk to receive Davutoglu

Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu is to pay a visit to Ukraine next Monday to hold talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Arseniy Yatsenyuk. "I am to receive Prime Minister of Turkey on …

Bozkır: about 50,000 Syrian refugees are making their way to Turkey

Bozkır: about 50,000 Syrian refugees are making their way to Turkey

Turkish Minister for Relations with the EU Volkan Bozkir said today that about 50,000 refugees are making their way to Turkey from the Syrian city of Aleppo. The minister pointed out that this is tied with the fact that …

Turkish President threatens to open its borders to Europe

Turkish President threatens to open its borders to Europe

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara may open its borders, letting refugees to reach Europe. There were media reports claiming that Erdogan had demanded 30 billion euro from the European …

Two miners killed in explosion in Turkey#039s Zonguldak

Two miners killed in explosion in Turkey's Zonguldak

Two miners were killed in an explosion that took place in the northwestern province of Zonguldak, Turkish media report. Turkish authorities have launched an investigation, Trend reports with reference to Haber 7. More …

Iran and Turkey. Competition or cooperation?

Iran and Turkey. Competition or cooperation?

Видео

A Senior Fellow of the Center of Asia and the Middle East, Irina Svistunova, spoke about Iranian-Turkish relations in today's geopolitical realities. …

 Two media outlets attacked in Istanbul

Two media outlets attacked in Istanbul

The offices of the pro-government Yeni Akit and Yeni Şafak newspapers were simultaneously attacked with guns and Molotov cocktails last night in İstanbul, local media report. Five masked attackers launched an attack on Yeni …

Will war in Syria be at regional level?

Will war in Syria be at regional level?

The new stage of the war in Syria is about to start – the beginning of the ground operation of the international coalition, which is to mark the transition of confrontation of foreign forces involved in the Syrian conflict from cold bombing …

€3 billion from EU may be not enough for Turkey to receive refugees

€3 billion from EU may be not enough for Turkey to receive refugees

The €3 billion provided by the European Union may be not enough for Turkey to receive and resettle all refugees, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said after talks in the Hague with his Dutch counterpart Mark …

more Turkey News