Iraq: Turkey is becoming enemy state
20 April 2012 / TODAYSZAMAN.COM,
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said Turkey is becoming an enemy state in the region in a sign of growing tensions between Turkey and Iraq.
Maliki’s harshest remarks so far came at a time when Turkey was hosting two senior Iraqi politicians who are at odds with his government. Leader of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Massoud Barzani arrived in Turkey for a two-day visit on Thursday and Iraq’s fugitive Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi is currently in İstanbul.
Maliki and Erdoğan exchanged harsh accusations in previous months and ties between the two countries are seriously strained. Diverging positions in Syria and Turkey’s support for Hashemi are main points dividing Ankara and Baghdad.
Erdoğan warned against the latest situation in Iraq in a press conference earlier this week and signaled a troubling trend in the war-torn country under the current prime minister. Erdoğan blames Maliki for excluding Sunnis from power structures.