Davutoy-lu expresses Turkey's support for Iraq in phone call to Abadi.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoy-lu spoke over the phone with his Iraqi counterpart, Haider al-Abadi, and expressed Turkey's full support for Iraq in its struggle against any threat to Iraq's security, unity and territorial integrity.
According to information acquired from sources within the Prime Ministry, Davutoy-lu received a phone call from Abadi, who briefed him about security threats the Iraqi government is facing. In response, Davutoy-lu reportedly told Abadi that Turkey supports Iraq in its ongoing struggle against such threats.
During the phone call Davutoy-lu reportedly pointed to the significance of public support in Iraqi locations that are currently controlled by the extremist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and also told Abadi that he hopes Iraq will develop its military infrastructure and national resources to be more effective in the ongoing military operations being conducted against the ISIL extremists within Iraq.
Davutoy-lu also warned Abadi about the protection of people in ISIL-controlled areas that were taken back from ISIL by the Iraqi administration, pointing also to the significance of the efforts to prevent the citizens of these areas from being polarized.
In response, Abadi reportedly told Davutoy-lu that they are also aware of the significance of such matters, expressing his gratitude for the support provided by Turkey.
Early in March Turkey said it would support Iraq in an anticipated operation to retake Mosul from ISIL.
After talks with his Iraqi counterpart, Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi, in Baghdad on March 4, Defense Minister ysmet Yylmaz said: "We are on the side of Iraq in an operation targeting [the recapture of] Mosul. We are ready to provide every kind of intelligence and logistical support to Iraq in its fight against terrorism."
Turkish FM condemns ISIL beheading of 3 peshmerga fighters
The Foreign Ministry released a written statement on Monday vehemently condemning the ISIL group's beheadings of three Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) peshmerga fighters.
ISIL published a video on Friday purportedly showing the beheading of three Kurdish peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq. The video also featured threats that ISIL will kill more Kurdish peshmerga fighters allegedly being held captive.
In the statement, the Foreign Ministry called the beheadings "a great indignation," adding, "We curse this brutality and vehemently condemn it."
The ministry also offered its condolences to the relatives of the peshmerga fighters killed by ISIL.
"We would like to take this opportunity to repeat the fact that we [Turkey] are in solidarity both with Iraq and the KRG in their fight against the ISIL terrorist group and that we will continue to provide any kind of support in this direction," the statement reads.
A total of 17 peshmerga fighters were taken captive by ISIL on Jan. 30. ISIL released pictures of the peshmerga captives on various Facebook pages on Feb. 1.
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