CAIRO (Sputnik) — The presence of Turkish troops in Iraq is a violation of international law and Iraq's sovereignty, Secretary-General of the Arab League Nabil Elaraby said Thursday.
"The presence of Turkish troops deep in the Iraqi territory is a blatant violation of the international law and Iraq's sovereignty," Elaraby said at the opening of an Arab League emergency meeting on Turkish military intervention in Iraq.
The move caused tensions between Baghdad and Ankara. Iraq officially filed a complaint with the UN Security Council, calling on the United Nations to ensure an immediate pullout of the Turkish forces from its country.
On Saturday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry announced that Ankara would continue to withdraw its military troops from the Bashiqa base to another base in Iraq.