Iraqi MP calls for expulsion of Turkish ambassador
An Iraqi lawmaker has called for the Turkish ambassador in Baghdad to be expelled in protest of criticism by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan targeting the Iraqi government.

Yasin Majid, a member of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's State of Law Coalition, insisted that Erdoğan's statements amount to interference in Iraqi politics.

"Erdoğan's statements that target Iraq and the Iraqis are not the first, but they are sectarian ones where he wants to set himself as a policeman in the region," Majid was quoted by Iraqi News as having said at a news conference in Baghdad on Tuesday. He pointed out that Erdoğan has refrained from commenting on political affairs in Libya, Egypt or Tunisia and asked if this is because Sunni Muslim Brotherhood politicians are in power in these countries.

Erdoğan and Maliki, a Shiite politician, have long been engaged in a bitter exchange of accusations. Turkey has angered Iraq, first by hosting Iraq's Sunni vice president, Tariq al-Hashemi, who has been sentenced to death in Baghdad on charges of running death squads to eliminate his political rivals, and then by siding with the Iraqi Kurds in their dispute with the Maliki government over oil revenues and internal boundaries. Within the context of Baghdad's row with the Kurds, Erdoğan has warned that Maliki's policies could lead to a sectarian conflict in Iraq.

"Erdoğan talks about the Sunni people in Iraq as if they do not have anyone to talk on behalf of them," Majid said. He added that the Turkish envoy should be expelled and all political groups in Iraq should condemn Erdoğan's statements.

The Iraqi lawmaker also slammed Erdoğan's Syria policies and said he is responsible for "the destruction and violence in Syria" because of his interference in the Syrian crisis.

(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CİHAN
Last Modified: 2012-12-26 20:00:02
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