BAGHDAD — Iraqi activists have launched a social media campaign rejecting Turkish President Erdogan’s upcoming visit to Baghdad, describing him as a “child killer” and the “killer of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers”. The visit, aimed at discussing various issues with Iraqi Prime Minister Muhammad Shia al-Sudani, has faced strong opposition from the Iraqi public due to Turkey’s policies towards Iraq.
Erdogan’s government has been accused of disastrously cutting the flow of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and carrying out repeated air and ground attacks in northern Iraq. Activists are voicing their disapproval with slogans like “Erdogan is not welcome in Baghdad” and highlighting his actions against innocent civilians and vital water sources.
Iraqi political analyst Abdullah Shalash expressed his refusal to receive Erdogan, questioning whether Iraq should welcome someone who has caused destruction and occupied Iraqi territory.
Shalash also accused Erdogan of attempting to exploit political differences in Iraq to further his agenda and divide the country.
The rejection comes at a critical time, with Iraq experiencing a hot summer and facing challenges with its water resources. The social media campaign reflects the anger and frustration among Iraqi citizens over Erdogan’s planned visit and his government’s actions towards their country.