Involving Shi'ite militias in an operation to drive Islamic State out of the Iraqi city of Mosul will not bring peace, Turkey's foreign minister said on Friday, adding that Turkish-trained forces should be involved.
Iraqi officials have since then accused Turkey of trying to carve out a foothold in northern Iraq under the guise of training Kurdish Autonomous region peshmerga troops against ISIL.
On Wednesday, the two countries summoned their respective ambassadors amid intensifying hostile rhetoric over northern Iraq.
He added that Turkey supported the Iraqi people's fight against terrorism and at the same time respected the country's territorial integrity and sovereignty. Two of the main members of the PMF have threatened to attack Turkiish forces if they take part in the offensive against Mosul or even if they remain in Bashiqa.
"Involving Shi'ite militias in the operation will not bring peace to Mosul. And this is something for the Turkish government and the government of Iraq to speak to", Cook said.
The operation in Mosul will be conducted by almost 15,000 Iraqi security and local forces.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said the presence of Turkish forces in Iraq complicates the liberation operation, which will be carried out by national Iraqis with no foreign troops involved.
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"It's not the (Iraqi) government's right to speak like that", he said.
Ankara says its military is helping train Kurdish fighters and Sunni militias who are expected to battle Islamic State forces in the campaign to liberate Mosul.
Iraq has requested an emergency United Nations security council session over the presence of Turkish troops in northern Iraq, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Thursday in a development that highlights increasing tension between the two neighbours.
On Tuesday, the Iraqi parliament adopted a resolution voicing protest against Turkish military presence in Bashiqa, located about 19 miles northeast of Mosul.
"We consider them an occupation force and we will deal with them on this basis", he said.
Iraqi Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Jamal said that the ministry chose to summon Turkish Ambassador Faruk Kaymakci, but according to Asharq Al-Awsat's sources, the diplomat is overseas on vacation.