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Iraq tells neighbours not to intervene - Channel News Asia #Iraq

Iraq tells neighbours not to intervene - Channel News Asia #Iraq

BAGHDAD: Iraq on Sunday criticised neighbouring Turkey, Iran and unnamed Arab countries for trying to "intervene" in Baghdad's month-long political crisis and not respecting its sovereignty. The statement, posted on the foreign ministry's website, comes amid tensions between Baghdad and Ankara in particular over Iraq's claims that Turkey was interfering in internal Iraqi affairs. It said that since the start of the year, statements from "senior officials in neighbouring countries reflect their attempts to intervene in the internal affairs of Iraq and the lack of respect for Iraqi sovereignty and the government elected by the people of Iraq." The statement, posted in English and Arabic, continued: "Iraq did not and will not be a follower. It will never be a pawn in the others' game nor will it be an arena of clearance between the other parties." "Therefore, we call upon the...

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