'Turkey will close Iraq border, air space soon'

08 October, 2017, 01:28 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • 'Turkey will close Iraq border, air space soon'

"All that remains is the strip on the border with Syria".

Talabani was laid to rest Friday in Sulaimaniyah, the second-largest city in Iraq's Kurdish region, after his casket - draped in the Kurdish flag - was flown back from Berlin where he died at a hospital earlier this week.

For his part, al-Abadi said: "We do not want an armed confrontation, we don't want clashes, but the federal authority must prevail and nobody can infringe on the federal authority". The prime minister continued to call it a "victory not just of Iraq but of the whole world". "We want stability in Iraq and to ensure the safety of the State of Iraq".

"Iraqi governments exports [oil] - it is business - as usual".

After being officially welcomed by Rouhani, Erdogan and his Iranian counterpart immediately sat for talks behind closed doors.

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Iraq launched the offensive last month (Sept. 21) to liberate the area north of Baghdad where up to 78,000 people were estimated to be trapped, according to the United Nations.

The militants' leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who declared the caliphate from Mosul in mid-2014, released an audio recording last week that indicated he was alive, after several reports he had been killed.

"Turkey will only engage with the central government in Iraq and we certainly term this referendum as illegitimate", the president added, as cited by the Turkish Anadolu news agency.

Turkey is studying a variety of ways to punish Iraqi Kurds for approving an independence referendum September 25.

"Flights to northern Iraq have already been suspended, the air space and borders will also close soon", Erdogan said in a speech in the Turkish capital, Ankara.

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The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was in Paris on Thursday.

Abadi flew to Paris on Wednesday for a two-day visit in response to an invitation from French President Emmanuel Macron. Macron is now the only global leader working to reshape the geopolitical situation in Iraq as the Islamic State is dissolving. The drive towards Kurdish independence is complicating the common front against the Islamic State, as the Kurdish Peshmerga militia has been one of the forces spearheading the campaign. "Baghdad also needs to make serious decisions". "Turkey, Iran and Iraq's central government will do so together".

Iran and Turkey have given priority this Wednesday to ir economic and geo-strategic ties, while avoiding political frictions with regard to conflicts in Iraq and Syria, in which y hold positions confronted.

Khamenei made these statements after meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is now in Tehran on an official visit. "The vote of the Kurdish minority is an act of betrayal toward the entire region".

With the ongoing fall of ISIS, Baghdad seeks to impose its constitutional federal authority in the areas that were outside the borders of the Kurdish region before 2003.

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