Turkey ready to make ‘every effort’ to solve Saudi – Iran tensions

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey was ready to make "every effort" to help resolve tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which have worsened.

In a wide-ranging policy speech to the annual meeting of Turkish ambassadors, Cavusoglu defended Turkey's deployment of a force protection unit to Bashiqa in northern Iraq, a move which has caused a diplomatic row with Baghdad.

He repeated that Ankara respects Iraq's territorial integrity and said the deployment was made after security deteriorated at Bashiqa, where Turkish soldiers have been training an Iraqi militia to fight ISIS.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49