Ger­man Min­is­ter pledges con­tin­ued mil­i­tary and hu­man­i­tar­ian sup­port for Kur­dis­tan

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

A Ger­man del­e­ga­tion, headed by Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment Gerd Muller, ar­rived in Er­bil yes­ter­day to dis­cuss the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

The del­e­ga­tion met with Min­is­ter Falah Mustafa, Head of the KRG Depart­ment of For­eign Re­la­tions, Gov­er­nor of Er­bil Nawzad Hadi, the KRG Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to Ger­many Dil­shad Barzani and other se­nior of­fi­cials.

Min­is­ter Mustafa thanked the del­e­ga­tion for vis­it­ing Kur­dis­tan at such an im­por­tant time, not­ing the KRG’s sin­cere ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the hu­man­i­tar­ian and mil­i­tary sup­port pro­vided by Ger­many.

The Min­is­ter said that through­out his­tory the Kur­dish Pesh­merga forces have proven their courage and re­silience. They are cur­rently risk­ing their lives as they beat back the ter­ror­ists in or­der to pro­tect all civil­ians in Kur­dis­tan, in­clud­ing the many eth­nic and religious mi­nori­ties now shel­tered in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

High­light­ing the ne­ces­sity of con­tin­ued mil­i­tary sup­port for the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, Min­is­ter Mustafa said, “The sup­port of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity is vi­tal if we are to con­tinue to push back the ter­ror­ists and pre­serve our Re­gion’s cul­ture of religious tol­er­ance and peace­ful co­ex­is­tence.”

Min­is­ter Mustafa called for Ger­many’s moral, le­gal, and political sup­port as the KRG seeks in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion of ter­ror­ist crimes com­mit­ted against religious and eth­nic mi­nori­ties as acts of geno­cide.

He added, “We thank the Ger­man Govern­ment for its brave de­ci­sion to pro­vide mil­i­tary aid. We know that it was not an easy de­ci­sion for Ger­many to make, but it cer­tainly was the right de­ci­sion. We are most grate­ful.”

Min­is­ter Muller com­mended the KRG on its tremen­dous eco­nomic and political de­vel­op­ment over the last few years. He said, “I would like to ex­press my deep­est re­spect to the KRG for what it has ac­com­plished dur­ing re­cent years in terms of cre­at­ing sta­bil­ity in the Re­gion. The KRG should be proud of achiev­ing such a high level of sta­bil­ity, eco­nomic growth, and peace. The Kur­dis­tan Re­gion can be a model for the rest of Iraq.”

He added, “In the past fifty years, we have not been in­volved in pro­vid­ing mil­i­tary weapons to ar­eas af­fected by con­flict. But we de­cided to pro­vide mil­i­tary sup­port to Kur­dis­tan, and we are de­ter­mined to con­tinue to do so, be­cause IS [ter­ror­ists] are not only a re­gional threat, but a threat to the whole world. I as­sure you that Ger­many will be on your side.”

Min­is­ter Muller also praised the role of Kur­dish Pesh­merga forces, say­ing, “The Kur­dish Pesh­merga forces de­serve the ut­most re­spect from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity be­cause they are fight­ing to pre­serve peace, free­dom, religious tol­er­ance, and democ­racy.”

Min­is­ter Muller also in­formed Min­is­ter Mustafa that the Ger­man govern­ment has in­creased its hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance for IDPs and refugees shel­tered in Kur­dis­tan by €25 mil­lion and re­it­er­ated that the Ger­man Govern­ment will con­tinue to pro­vide such hu­man­i­tar­ian aid.

The Deputy Head of the KRG Depart­ment of For­eign Re­la­tions Kar­wan Ja­mal, Ger­many’s Act­ing Consul Gen­eral Oliver Sch­naken­berg, and se­nior of­fi­cials from both sides at­tended the meet­ing.

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