INA - ERBIL
Ministry of Peshmerga in the Kurdistan region denied its participation in the Turkish military operation in northern Iraq.
"Regarding the participation and movements of the Kurdistan Peshmerga forces, after the Turkish army began its military operations in the border areas of the region, a group of irresponsible media is accusing the Kurdistan Peshmerga forces of cooperating and participating in these operations," included a statement by the ministry, received by the Iraqi News Agency - INA.
The statement added, "We, in the Ministry of Peshmerga, reject all accusations and announce that the Peshmerga forces have never participated in these operations and have not moved their forces," stressing that "the Peshmerga on the defensive fronts are open-eyed and will not allow any other region and world to fall under the influence of problems and fighting between the conflicting parties, the Kurdish people have been paying the price of regional conflicts for many years and have suffered a lot of damage,"
The ministry stressed, according to the statement, the need to respect the sovereignty of the Kurdistan region and Iraq.