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Iraq's cabinet on Tuesday called for the abrogation of treaties permitting foreign forces in Iraq, a move a high-ranking official said is aimed at ending Turkey's military presence in the north, French news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported on Tuesday.
"The cabinet decided to reject the presence of any foreign bases or forces on Iraqi land and to reject the entry of any foreign military forces into Iraqi territory," government spokesperson Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement according to the AFP report.
The body further "recommends that parliament cancel and not extend any treaty signed in the past with any foreign state that allows the presence of foreign forces and military bases on Iraqi land or the entry of these forces," he said.
A government motion seeking a one-year extension of the mandate from Parliament to conduct military operations against the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq was submitted to Turkish Parliament on Monday.
The motion is to be voted on in Parliament on Oct. 4, where an overwhelming majority of deputies are expected to vote in favor of it.
A high-ranking Iraqi official said that the cabinet's decision was aimed at Turkish military bases in the north Iraq province of Dohuk, according to the report.
The treaty in question "is the one that Saddam Hussein signed in 1995 allowing Turkish forces to have a presence in Iraq's northern regions to pursue the PKK,” the official said on condition of anonymity, referring to the PKK bases in northern Iraq.
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