On Sunday, several Iraqi lawmakers and politicians condemned as “unacceptable” Turkey’s interference in their country’s internal affairs after Erdogan accused the Iraqi government of sectarian behavior.
Ahmad al-Hosseini, an Iraqi political activist, said the Turkish government’s interference in Iraq is increasing day by day especially after the recent demonstrations in Iraq’s western province of Anbar following the arrest of Finance Minister Rafia al-Issawi’s bodyguards on terrorism charges.
Iraqi lawmaker Yasin Majid demanded the expulsion of Turkey’s ambassador to Baghdad in response to anti-Iraq remarks made by Erdogan.
Ankara-Baghdad relations turned sour last year after Turkey expressed support for Hashemi and gave him refuge. Turkish air strikes against PKK positions in northern Iraq have also created more tension in the relations.
The two countries are also at odds over the Syrian unrest. While Turkey has become one of the main supporters of anti-Damascus militants, Baghdad has refused to join calls for President Bashar al-Assad to step down.