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Iraq will prevent attacks on Turkey, Abadi tells Yildirim

28 March 2018, 12:20 | Bernice Figueroa

Iraq will prevent attacks on Turkey, Abadi tells Yildirim

Iraq will prevent attacks on Turkey, Abadi tells Yildirim

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Turkey's intelligence chief would meet an Iraqi official to discuss an Iraqi military operation in Sinjar, a region of Iraq bordering on Turkey, where Ankara says Kurdish militants have established a base.

The family photo of (from left to right) Turkish president Recep Erdogan, Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov, EU Council head Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Turkey is not planning to act against Russia, the deputy premier and government spokesman said on Monday after the expulsion of dozens of Russian diplomats across Europe and in the U.S as part of a coordinated response to the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in the United Kingdom.

Mr Tusk added: "While our relationship is going through hard times, in areas where we do cooperate, we cooperate well".

"If you are asking me if we achieved some solutions or compromises, my answer is no".

"We reconfirm our readiness to keep up the dialogue and conversation and work together to overcome current difficulties with a view to unleashing the potential of our partnership", Tusk said. The EU has already committed €3 billion to help Turkey manage the refugee influx and another €3 billion is on the way.

Turkish General Staff said in a statement that the terrorists were plotting an attack on Turkish forces. It was a long list, including the rule of law and press freedom, bilateral relations with member states and the situation in Syria.

Greek diplomacy has been able to put Erdogan's agenda on the tensions in the Aegean, the refugee crisis, Turkey's claims on several Greek islands and the main issue - the release of Greek border guards.

"After the liberation of Sinjar, the YPG forces here gradually gained more power and strength and were able to take over securing the mountain from the PKK and, when the Iraqi government forces came here previous year, PKK fighters withdrew because their presence was no longer necessary", he said. He added that Turkey meant to continue with its operations as long as necessary.

"We now expect strong support [from the EU] on sensitive issues such as the fight against terrorism instead of rambling and unjust criticism", Mr Erdogan said.

Temperatures were raised after European Union leaders last week condemned Turkey's "illegal actions" towards Greece and Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea.

Turkish warships have prevented a drillship from carrying out exploratory drilling on behalf of Italian company Eni southeast of Cyprus, in a move that the European Union criticized.

Erdogan pressed his European leaders to grant Turkish citizens visa liberalization to allow them to travel to certain European countries without visa restrictions.

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