Switzer­land to Ex­tend Hu­man­i­tar­ian Sup­port for KRG

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The Swiss Am­bas­sador to Iraq has promised his coun­try’s ex­tended hu­man­i­tar­ian sup­port to be de­liv­ered to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion via the in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions in the near fu­ture.

Switzer­land’s newly-ap­pointed Am­bas­sador HansPeter Lenz met with Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani in Er­bil on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 28th.

Dis­cussing the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in the war against the Is­lamic State (IS), Lenz praised the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment (KRG) for host­ing a huge num­ber of refugees and in­ter­nally dis­placed peo­ple while it is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing an eco­nomic cri­sis.

The Swiss en­voy re­it­er­ated that his coun­try is will­ing to pro­vide fur­ther hu­man­i­tar­ian aid for the refugees and IDPs set­tled in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion; and the as­sis­tance will be de­liv­ered via in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions or bi­lat­eral ef­forts be­tween KRG and the Swiss govern­ment.

He promised that Switzer­land will stand with the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion un­til it over­comes the crises.

Barzani said that pro­vid­ing a safe haven for peo­ple es­cap­ing the bru­tal­ity of IS is an ac­tion to serve hu­man­ity; but the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity has not yet pro­vided enough sup­port for th­ese des­per­ate peo­ple.

The pair also dis­cussed political, se­cu­rity and eco­nomic crises in the re­gion as well as dis­putes be­tween Er­bil and Bagh­dad.

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