Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali al-Hakim said on Thursday that his country had taken the necessary measures to prevent the infiltration of foreign ISIS fighters from the Syrian border to other countries.
"Iraq has taken all measures to prevent the infiltration of foreign fighters across the border with Syria into other countries," Hakim told a joint news conference with visiting French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.
"For foreign fighters, it seems that the number is very high and they have arrived in Syria from 72 countries," he said, adding that the 72 countries needed to take the necessary measures against those fighters.
Hakim stressed that Iraq will not disavow Iraqi fighters within the ranks of ISIS in Syria and will receive them and try them fairly.
"We discussed the Turkish incursion and stressed the unity and integrity of the Syrian border and the central government should have the upper hand in preserving Syria's territorial integrity and protecting its citizens," he said.