Friday, October 21, 2016
Pentagon chief to stress Iraq sovereignty in 'Neo Ottoman conqueror' Turkey talks.
Pentagon chief to stress Iraq sovereignty in 'Neo Ottoman conqueror' Turkey talks. (Reuters).
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he would stress the need to respect Iraq's sovereignty during a visit on Friday to Turkey, which has been locked in a dispute with Baghdad over who should participate in the campaign to retake Mosul from Islamic State.
Carter, acknowledging it was a delicate issue, declined to explicitly say whether he thought Turkey should be allowed to participate in the operations in Iraq. Washington in the past has deferred that matter to Baghdad.
"Of course we'll talk about that. And yes, of course there are sensitivities there. We conduct ourselves, and the coalition does, respecting Iraqi sovereignty. That's an important principle of ours," Carter said. Read the full story here.