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German FM in Baghdad pledges continued support to Iraq

By Rudaw 19/4/2017
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel in a joint press conference in Baghdad with his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari. Photo: Rudaw video
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel in a joint press conference in Baghdad with his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari. Photo: Rudaw video
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The German foreign minister said in Baghdad on Wednesday that his country will increase its humanitarian support to Iraq, strengthen the army, and continue in its role as a member of the coalition in the ongoing Mosul military operation to evict Islamic radicals from the city.
 
Speaking in a press conference with his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari, Sigmar Gabriel said Germany supports Iraq in humanitarian affairs.
 
Germany is a member of the global anti-ISIS coalition and Gabriel said his country is overseeing the battle for Mosul as the war has crossed into the western part of the city.
 
The German foreign minister said his country would continue to increase the level of supplies to the Iraqi army.

Germany has been a main supplier of weapons to the Iraqi army and Kurdish Peshmerga forces since the start of the war against ISIS nearly three years ago, providing anti-tank Milan missiles that have proven effective against car bombs on the frontlines.
 
For his part, Jaafari called on Germany for help treating wounded Iraqi army soldiers.
 
Jaafari also said they will consider joint investment work with Germany as Gabriel hailed Iraq’s rich assets. 

Rudaw has learned the German minister is also expected to visit the Kurdistan Region and meet with authorities on the same day. 

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