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
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.