Abadi calls on 'neighboring countries' to respect Iraq's sovereignty

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday issued a message to Iraq's neighboring countries as he paid a visit to Mosul.

In his message aired by state-television, he called on 'neighboring countries to respect sovereignty of Iraq and to stop meddling in its affairs.

Our message to the neighboring countries is that Iraq is intent on liberating its territories completely and it has no plans to violate sovereignty of others, Abadi stated.

This comes as Abadi arrived in Mosul city in Nineveh governorate to inspect the fighting forces.

US-backed Iraqi forces, supported by Iranian-backed sectarian IMIS Shiite militias, had launched an offensive on 19th of February to oust ISIS terrorists from Mosul, their last major stronghold in Iraq.