Pres­i­dent Barzani: Ger­man mil­i­tary as­sis­tance key to Pesh­marga gains

High rank­ing Ger­man mil­i­tary del­e­ga­tion visit Kur­dis­tan

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A high rank­ing Ger­man mil­i­tary del­e­ga­tion vis­ited Kur­dis­tan Re­gion on Satur­day, April 11, 2015, and separately met with Kur­dish Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani and Chan­cel­lor of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Mas­rour Barzani.

In Sala­haddin, Pres­i­dent Barzani re­ceived the dele- gation, which was headed by Ger­man Deputy Min­is­ter of De­fense Markus Grü­bel, to dis­cuss Ger­man mil­i­tary as­sis­tance to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pesh­marga forces.

In the meet­ing Grü­bel praised the lead­er­ship of Pres­i­dent Barzani and the role of the Kur­dis­tan Pesh­marga forces in tak- ing the fight against the Is­lamic State (ISIS) ter­ror­ists. He said the Pesh­marga are mak­ing sac­ri­fices and fight­ing the ISIS ter­ror­ists on be­half of the whole world; he pledged con­tin­ued Ger­man sup­port for the KRG and the Pesh­marga forces.

Pres­i­dent Barzani thanked the peo­ple and gov­ern­ment of Ger­many for their mil­i­tary as­sis­tance, in­clud­ing train­ing of Pesh­marga forces. He said Ger­man mil­i­tary as­sis­tance has been key to many Pesh­marga gains against ISIS.

The del­e­ga­tion also met Mas­rour Barzani in Er­bil the same day, where they dis­cussed the lat­est secu- rity de­vel­op­ments in the Re­gion and the war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Chan­cel­lor Barzani said “beat­ing and up­root­ing ISIS de­pends on our ca­pa­bil­ity to co­op­er­ate.”

“We want the friend and ally Ger­many to see us [Kurds] as a friend and part­ner in the Mid­dle East,” Barzani told the del­e­ga­tion. “We are a peace­ful is­land in the mid­dle of an un­sta­ble sea.”

Barzani also warned that they should al­ways be on alert to pre­vent ter­ror to re­turn in a dif­fer­ent shape.

Re­spond­ing to the re­quest of Barzani for ex­tended mil­i­tary sup­port from Ger­many, Deputy Min­is­ter Grü­bel re­it­er­ated his coun­try’s com­mit­ment to con­tinue its mil­i­tary sup­port to the Pesh­marga forces.

“We will con­tinue to help and sup­port Kur­dish Pesh­mar­gas,” Grü­bel told Chan­cel­lor Barzani. “This month some more arms and mil­i­tary equip­ment shall be sent to Kur­dis­tan, in­clud­ing Mi­lan Anti-Tanks, anti-mine equip­ment, other weapons and spare parts of tanks.”

The del­e­ga­tion in­cluded Di­eter Lamle, the Gen­eral Con­sul of Ger­many in Er­bil, Dil­shad Barzani, KRG rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Ger­many, Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Hans-Werner Fritz, Com­man­der of Ger­many’s Joint Forces Op­er­a­tions Com­mand as well as a num­ber of mil­i­tary ad­vis­ers.

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