Pres­i­dent Barzani: “A drop of Pesh­merga blood is more pre­cious than all for­tune in the world.”

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The West­ern pow­ers, par­tic­u­larly Ger­many, have promised to sup­ply more arms to the Kur­dish forces in the com­ing days, said Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani on Feb 8. in Mu­nich in Ger­many.

“Our meet­ing with An­gela Merkel was very pro­duc­tive and she is very con­cerned about the sit­u­a­tion in Kur­dis­tan,” Barzani told Ru­daw. “She also told me that they have de­cided to send more and bet­ter weapons to the Pesh­merga which was de­light­ful news.”

The Kur­dish Pres­i­dent who at­tended the Mu­nich Se­cu­rity Con­fer­ence with other world lead­ers said that he had met with the Ger­man De­fense Min­is­ter and her Euro­pean coun­ter­parts on the side­lines of the con­fer­ence.

Ger­many has been one of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s staunch al­lies in the war against the Is­lamic State (ISIS). Ger­man De­fense Min­is­ter Ur­sula von der Leyen has vis­ited Er­bil twice in the past few months.

Barzani said that he also met with a num­ber of US sen­a­tors who had pledged to dis­cuss send­ing more arms to the Kurds with the US gov­ern­ment.

“What is im­por­tant is that they all have a lot of re­spect for the brav­ery and ded­i­ca­tion of our Pesh­merga forces,” said Barzani.

Barzani also met with Iraq’s Prime Min­is­ter Haider al-Abadi for the first time in Mu­nich where they dis­cussed the war against ISIS and fu­ture plans for Mo­sul.

“I met with Abadi and we dis­cussed many is­sues among them the sit­u­a­tion in Mo­sul and we agreed to have more co­op­er­a­tion be­tween us from now on,” said Barzani.

Con­cern­ing the sac­ri­fices of Pesh­merga, Barzani said, “A drop of Pesh­merga blood is more pre­cious than all world's for­tunes, but if we want to pro­tect our honor we have to sac­ri­fice our­selves. We get ter­ri­bly sad when we see our peo­ple mar­tyred in the wars. But our mission is very sa­cred and needs sac­ri­fice. We need to have re­spect for our mar­tyrs and their fam­i­lies. I bow and kiss the hands of those moth­ers who have lost their loved sons in this war.”

The Pesh­merga forces have pushed back ISIS on many fronts and are cur­rently po­si­tioned 25 kilo­me­ters out­side Mo­sul, but Kur­dish lead­ers be­lieve the Iraqi gov­ern­ment and lo­cal Sun­nis are re­spon­si­ble for the city’s fi­nal lib­er­a­tion.

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