According to Iraqi government, Turkish forces won’t be allowed to take part in military operation to liberate Mosul.

A spokesman for Iraq Foreign Ministry on Monday criticized recent remarks by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the need for Turkish presence in the Mosul operation.

The spokesman said such remarks are interference in Iraq’s internal affairs and were “a breach of principles of good neighborliness”.

“Such a statement strains the bilateral ties,” said the spokesman, referring to Turkish President’s comments.

ISIS has declared Mosul as its so-called headquarters.

The Iraqi government has been planning to retake Mosul form the terrorist group but has not announced a date for its operation. Mosul is the second-largest Iraqi city.

The spokesman also underlined that Turkey has ignored Baghdad’s calls for withdrawal of Turkish forces that have been deployed on Iraqi soil.

Turkey has deployed hundreds of soldiers equipped with heavy weapons and backed by dozens of tanks to Bashiqa, near Mosul. Ankara claimed the deployment was part of a mission to train Iraqi Kurds in the fight against ISIS.

Baghdad, however, has rejected the claims, saying that it did not need the Turkish military help in the fight.

Turkey cannot be left off the table. The others don’t have such a border [with Iraq]. They may want us to stay as spectators but that decision is also going to be made here,” Erdogan said.