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Obama calls on Turkey to withdraw troops from Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi.

U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged Turkey to withdraw any unauthorized military forces from Iraq, the White House said.

In his telephone talk with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, Obama reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to Iraq’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, the White House said in a statement.

Following the diplomatic row between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Obama and Abadi agreed on the need for all regional parties to “demonstrate restraint, avoid provocative rhetoric or behavior, and avoid a worsening of sectarian tensions.”

U.S. President Barack Obama also required from Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi to not sever ties with the Saudi or Turkish embassy in Iraq

Over the phone, Obama also congratulated Abadi on Iraqi forces’ recent successes in Ramadi and underscored the United States’ enduring support for Iraq in its fight against DAESH the terrorist group.

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