Ankara to Continue Train Iraqi ForcesSource : http://www.basnews.com/en/news/2015/07/15/ankara-to-continue-train-iraqi-forces/
Turkey Has Already Trained 1600 Peshmerga fighters
ANKARA – The Turkish foreign minister says his country will continue to provide military assistance to back Iraq’s fight against Islamic State.
At a joint news conference with visiting Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also said Turkey would meet an Iraqi request to train its police force.
The Turkish minister said, however, that Iraq’s army was in need of restructuring.
Cavusoglu said Turkey had trained more than 1,600 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters as well as more than 1,500 guards in Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, which have been under the control IS insurgents since June last year.
“We have always stood by Iraq and its people in the fight against ISIS and will continue to do so,” Cavusoglu said.
Turkey has pledged to train the Iraqi police force at a venue located in Turkish territory, but also called on Baghdad to restructure its army to more effectively.
“Our expectation is for the Iraqi army to be restructured so that it will be able to maintain the security of the country. Shia militias and other groups that are conducting this struggle against IS are not efficient enough,” he said.
“We will conduct the training of Iraqi police in Turkey,” added Cavusoglu.
Turkish Foreign Minister also revealed that some 200,000 Iraqis are currently hosted in Turkey, while 40,000 are being sheltered in three Turkish camps on Iraqi soil.
Al-Jaafari, for his part, renewed Baghdad’s pledge to enhance existing cooperation with Turkey, including in the fight against IS Jihadist.
He was visiting Turkey along with the Iraqi minister for water affairs, who met with his Turkish counterpart to discuss the transnational water resources issue, which has been in stalemate for years after a trilateral mechanism between Turkey, Syria.
Agriculture in Iraq has been negatively influenced due to lack of water, al-Jaafari said, adding that positive steps were being taken on the issue.
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