World Bulletin/News Desk
A planned parliamentary debate by Turkey’s political parties on the recent violence in the Iraqi city of Mosul has been postponed.
The crisis has hit Turkey in particular as militants have kidnapped 49 Turkish consulate staff members including the country’s consul-general and family members.
Speaking on Thursday, Turkey’s ruling AK Party parliamentary group deputy chairman Nurettin Canikli said the meeting between political party groups agreed on Wednesday would be delayed.
Canikli added that a general debate to discuss recent incident in Mosul would be held in the near future depending on the outcome of the meeting.
"The political parties will be primarily informed about the issue," he said. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will chair the future meeting.
The attack on the Turkish consulate came a day after militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group, known as ISIL, took control of Iraq's second-largest city in the northern province of Nineveh on Tuesday. The rebels have also seized 31 Turkish truck drivers who were transporting fuel to a thermal power plant.
More than 300,000 residents have fled Mosul, which has seen clashes between security forces and militants since Friday.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Tuesday that Iraq had been placed on "maximum alert" and called on Iraq's parliament to declare a national state of emergency.
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