Iraq rejects Turkish forces` presence on its land

The Iraq government Tuesday declined foreign forces` presence on its land and called for cancelling treaties permitting foreign forces from entering the country.

Updated: Oct 03, 2012, 00:02 AM IST

Baghdad: The Iraq government Tuesday declined foreign forces` presence on its land and called for cancelling treaties permitting foreign forces from entering the country, Xinhua reported.

"The cabinet decided to reject the presence of any foreign bases or forces on the Iraqi land and the entry of any foreign military forces into Iraqi land under the pretext of chasing rebels," Iraqi government`s spokesperson Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement.

The remarks came during a regular cabinet session earlier in the day, in which the cabinet discussed a draft law submitted Monday by the Turkish government.

The draft law asked the Turkish parliament to renew the mandate for its armed forces to carry out cross-border operations to curb the outlawed Kurdish Workers` Party rebels in Iraq`s Kurdistan region for another year.

PTI