“Turkey’s thesis is that Mosul is one of the key cities in the fight against Daesh.
“Furthermore, Mosul’s situation and how its future is going to be shaped is crutial for the establishment of a permanent peace in the region,” Kurtulmus told reporters in Ankara.
“Same for Aleppo. Aleppo and Mosul are the two cities which will set the future course of the fight against Daesh,” he added.
The minister went on to say that avoiding sectarian fights in Mosul was one of Turkey’s red lines.
“One of the red lines regarding Mosul is to stay away from any developments which might trigger a new sectarian conflict.
“As the region is cleared of Daesh, it is important that no other terrorist organization or armed group is allowed to enter. I want to underline that this is a vital matter,” he said.
The Iraqi army and Kurdish Peshmerga forces launched a much-awaited offensive late on October 16 to retake Mosul — the last Daesh stronghold in northern Iraq, which was overrun by the terrorist group in 2014.
Recent months have seen the Iraqi army, backed by local allies on the ground and a U.S.-led air coalition, retake much of the territory.
Nevertheless, the terrorist group remains in control of several parts of the country, including Mosul.
In recent weeks, the army and its allies have staged a gradual advance on the city, which officials in Baghdad have vowed to recapture by year’s end.