Nether­lands to con­tinue sup­port­ing Pesh­merga

The Dutch Min­is­ter for For­eign Trade and De­vel­op­ment Co­op­er­a­tion, Ms Lil­ianne Ploumen, vis­ited Er­bil on Oc­to­ber 4 and met with the Kur­dish Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani

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After ex­press­ing her happy feel­ing to be in Kur­dis­tan, Min­is­ter Lil­ianne Ploumen talked about her visit to the refugee camps and ap­pre­ci­ated the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment’s (KRG) ef­forts to embrace such great num­ber of refugees.

Min­is­ter Lil­ianne Ploumen also re­it­er­ated that her gov­ern­ment will con­tinue pro­vid­ing the dis­placed peo­ple with what they need.

Prime Min­is­ter Barzani noted that the KRG had opened its doors to dis­placed fam­i­lies and refugees from the be­gin- ning of this cri­sis, de­spite limited ca­pac­ity, and have thus far man­aged to pro­vide for their ba­sic needs with help from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity. The Prime Min­is­ter ex­plained that the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion and the needs of the dis­placed are well beyond his gov­ern­ment’s ca­pac­ity, par­tic­u­larly be­cause the Re­gion faces an eco­nomic cri­sis too. The Prime Min­is­ter also called upon the Nether­lands to of­fer ad­di­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance and to pro­vide mil­i­tary support for the Pesh­marga as well.

“The Dutch Gov­ern­ment has de­cided to of­fer mil­i­tary aid to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment and the Pesh­merga forces. We are also de­ter­mined to con­tinue pro­vid­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance to the IDPs and refugees in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.” Min­is­ter Lil­ianne Ploumen con­firmed.

The for­ma­tion of the new Iraqi gov­ern­ment was also another point that was dis­cussed in the meet­ing. Barzani con­sid­ered the ne­ces­sity of form­ing a gov­ern­ment in which all par­ties can play their im­por­tant roles.

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