Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu called his Iraqi counterpart Haydar al-Ibadi on Dec. 30 and presented his congratulations on recapture of Ramadi from the Islamic State (IS) militants on Dec. 28.
During the phone conversation, Ibadi reiterated his stance on respecting the territorial integrity of Iraq over the deployment of Turkish troops in Bashiqa camp near Mosul. Accordingly, Davutoğlu reassured that Turkey understood Iraq’s sensitivity over its sovereignty.
Davutoğlu also condemned the Dec. 29 attack targeting Ibadi’s convoy in Ramadi during his visit to the city after the recapture.
Earlier in the day, Iraqi foreign minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari reiterated the country’s demands that Turkish troops pull out of northern Iraq, warning that Baghdad may have to consider military action.