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France condemns Turkish violation of Iraqi sovereignty

France’s foreign ministry condemned Turkey’s violation of Iraq’s sovereignty when it carried out a strike in the Kurdistan Region that killed two Iraqi border force members and a senior commander of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

“France deplores this grave development, on which light must be shed,” French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a press briefing on Thursday.

Two Iraqi border guards were killed in a Turkish drone strike on Tuesday while meeting with PKK fighters in the Kurdistan Region’s Bradost area. PKK commander Murat Kalko, also known as Agit Garzan, who led the guerrilla forces in Khakurk, was also killed, the group confirmed in a statement on Thursday.

“France is deeply attached to full respect for Iraqi sovereignty,” said Le Drian. “France condemns any violation of this sovereignty.”  Source