Iraqi PM asks NATO to 'use authority' to urge Turkish withdrawal from N.Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi addresses attendees during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has asked NATO to “use its authority” to urge alliance member Turkey to withdraw its troops immediately from northern Iraq, according to a statement posted on his website on Tuesday.

“NATO must use its authority to urge Turkey to withdraw immediately from Iraqi territory,” Abadi said in the statement, posted after the expiry of a 48-hour deadline for a withdrawal of the troops set by the Baghdad government.

Abadi spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg by telephone, the statement added.

Reporting by Isabel Coles; Editing by Gareth Jones