Kurdistan Regional Government
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Kurdistan Region President welcomes Germany’s Defence Minister

SUN, 28 SEP 2014 16:52 | KRG Cabinet

Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq (KRG.org) - Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani welcomed Germany’s Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen and her accompanying delegation in Erbil on Thursday.

President Barzani thanked the people and government of Germany for supporting the Kurdistan Region at this difficult time. He commended the German government’s decision to help even though it was not an easy one, and it showed the people of Kurdistan that they have a great friend in Germany. 

At their meeting, which was attended by the military leadership of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and other senior KRG officials, President Barzani also stressed that the people of Kurdistan and the Peshmerga forces are proud to fight on behalf of the world against a fully equipped terrorist state that has taken over the arms of two countries. He said that the terrorists are not only a threat to the Kurdistan Region, but to the whole world. The destruction of the terrorists therefore requires a joint international effort.

President Barzani described the Peshmerga forces’ resilience and successes, and their ability to protect Kurdistan as well as one million internally displaced people of various ethnicities and religions who have fled persecution and taken refuge in Kurdistan.

President Barzani shed line on the military situation in the front lines, where the Peshmerga forces now have the upper hand and will continue to push back the ISIS terrorists. He also explained the dire situation of the displaced and their basic needs. He reiterated that the only solution is for the IDPs to return to their areas and receive protection. President Barzani stressed that the KRG is making every effort to help the displaced so far, but the exodus, the tragedy and their needs are far beyond the KRG’s capacity.

Minister von der Leyen thanked President Barzani for the warm reception and said that Germany commends the resilience of the Peshmerga forces and their protection of the many IDPs. She added that her country stands by the people of Kurdistan in the fight against ISIS terrorists.

The German Defence Minister said that Germany would continue to help the KRG by providing weapons, military equipment and training as well as the provision of more humanitarian aid. Germany has decided to support Kurdistan because it recognizes that Kurdistan is fighting the terrorists on behalf of the world, she said. She also praised the cultural of tolerance and peaceful coexistence in the Kurdistan Region, saying that it should be commended by the international community.

President Barzani welcomed the German government’s decision to assist the KRG and said that the people of Kurdistan are deeply grateful to Germany for coming to their aid in their hour of need. He added that with the assistance provided by Germany and other countries, the Peshmerga forces now have the upper hand and will continue to push back the ISIS terrorists.

The Minister of Peshmerga Affairs Mustafa Sayid Qadi shed light on the military aid provided by the allied countries and explained the needs of Peshmerga forces as well as the latest military situation in the frontlines.

The discussion also covered Iraq’s political process and the formation of the new government. After their meeting, President Barzani and the Minister von der Leyen held a joint press conference.