US Says Further Role of Turkey in Iraq Depends on Iraqi Government, US Willing to Discuss


Time: 12:51 a.m. CEST

The White House press secretary Josh Earnest explained for the second time this week the conversation between President Barack Obama and Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Iraq.

As Earnest defined at the very beginning at the news briefing with the White House correspondents, President Obama underscored to president Erdogan, “the need of all our counter-ISIL coalition efforts to ensure that effectively integrated other members of the coalition and to ensure that they are consistent with the request that has been made by the central government of Iraq.”

Earnest extensively explained that if the government of Iraq, requests additional measures of the Government of Turkey in Iraq, that role will be discussed.

“When it comes to the role a particular country has in a counter-ISIL coalition, the situation change on the ground and if that threat pose by ISIL evolves, it often means we are asking those countries to do more, to do something different. And I would describe the role of Turkey in the counter-ISIL coalition to, as part of our discussions,” Earnest confirmed on October 27.

In addition, Earnest pointed out to the White House readout of the conversation. In the readout of the conversation, the White House explained, the President spoke by phone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discus the next steps.”

President Obama noted the need for close coordination between the United States and Turkey to build on these successes and to apply sustained pressure on ISIL in Syria to reduce threats to the United States, Turkey and elsewhere,” the readout states.

Obama greeted the dialogue between Turkey and Iraq on the proper participation of Iraq in the coalition against Islamic State group and both presidents reaffirmed the strong support for the integrity of Iraq.

In Istanbul, Hurryiet Daily News writes that Turkish President Erdogan told to the U.S President Obama to exclude the Syrian Democratic Union Party (PYD) from the upcoming Raqqa operation to oust jihadists.

“We do not need terrorist organizations like the PYD and YPG [Kurdish People’s Protection Units] in the Raqqa operation. Let us work together to sweep DEASH [the Arabic acronym of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] from Raqqa, I told him,” Erdoğan said Oct. 27 following a phone call with Obama, Hurryiet Daily News publishes.

As Hurryiet writes, Erdogan talked on October 27 in Turkey publically about the length conversation with Obama.   “Now we’re advancing toward al-Bab because it’s one of their important centers. They will have to abandon al-Bab as well and then we’ll head to Manbij and Raqqa. I had a long conversation with Mr. Obama last night and I told him that we’ll take these steps,” he said, as Hurryiet reports.

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