"We are solving it between Baghdad and Ankara bilaterally," Iraqi Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim told reporters after Russia raised the Turkish deployment during a closed-door meeting of the United Nations Security Council.

"For us what is helpful is the bilateral discussion going on right now between Baghdad and Ankara, and it's going extremely well," he said, adding that Moscow had not consulted with Baghdad before raising the issue in the council.

Alhakim reiterated that Iraq wanted the Turkish troops withdrawn.

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