President Barzani: German military assistance key to Peshmarga gains
High ranking German military delegation visit Kurdistan
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.