Government should not tolerate infringement of sovereignty - Shiite cleric
Sistani also said Iraq`s neighbours should not send any troops to Iraq "under the pretext of fighting terrorism", except with the approval of the Baghdad government.
"The Iraqi government is responsible for protecting Iraq`s sovereignty and must not tolerate and side that infringes upon on it, whatever the justifications and necessities," Karbalai`i said in a weekly sermon.
Ankara says the troops were sent as part of an international mission to train and equip Iraqi forces to fight Islamic State. Turkey`s President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday a withdrawal was "out of the question for the moment".
Sistani urged citizens to show restraint towards foreign residents of Iraq, after Shi`ite paramilitary groups threatened to use force against Turkey and target its interests to force it to pull out.