Turkey's Defence Minister Fikri Isik answers a question during an interview with Reuters in Ankara

TURKEY SAYS WILL DISCUSS TROOP PRESENCE IN IRAQ ONCE ISIS REMOVED

Turkey's Defence Minister Fikri Isik answers a question during an interview with Reuters in Ankara

(Reuters ) Turkey will discuss with Iraq the presence of Turkish troops at the Bashiqa camp near Mosul after the area is cleared of ISIS, and the matter will be resolved in a friendly manner, Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik said on Wednesday.

“Turkey respects Iraq’s territorial integrity and unity, and the presence of our troops in Bashiqa is not a choice but a necessity,” Isik told reporters in Kirikkale, a city east of the capital Ankara, in comments broadcast live.

He said Turkish troops in Iraq had carried out a successful mission and killed more than 700 ISIS militants.

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