Turkey expresses its concern about Iraq turning into a battleground between Iran and the United States

Baghdad, Turkey expressed concern that Iraq is turning into a battleground between Iran and the United States, stressing its determination to work to ease tensions between the two countries.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a press statement today: “Turkey will work to reduce tensions between Iran and the United States, and it is communicating with the two parties after the American forces assassinated the prominent Iranian military commander Qasim Soleimani last week.”

He added that he had made phone calls with his Iranian and American counterparts to discuss the matter.

He added: “Turkey will support any steps to ease tensions in the region, and will continue to work with other countries to solve this problem or reduce tension in the coming days.”

The Turkish Minister said: “The issue of tension between Washington and Tehran will be on the agenda during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Turkey on Wednesday,” noting that “President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the issue with his Iranian, French, Iraqi and Emir of Qatar.”

He continued: “The common cause for concern for us is that Iraq will turn into a conflict zone for a third country, as this is a very grave danger for Iraq and our region … Therefore, we will continue to do what we can to narrow the cycle of violence.”

Source: National Iraqi News Agency