France sends new mil­i­tary aid ship­ments to Kur­dis­tan

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Two ship­ments of French mil­i­tary as­sis­tance for Pesh­merga forces ar­rived in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion on Wed­nes­day.

Af­ter a state­ment by the French Gen­eral Con­sulate in Er­bil about the de­liv­ery of mil­i­tary sup­plies, the pack­ages ar­rived at the Er­bil In­ter­na­tional Air­port in two stages, one on June 11 and the sec­ond on June 15.

“An­other ship­ment of weapons, am­mu­ni­tion and mil­i­tary equip­ment will ar­rive on June 17,” the state­ment added.

Ac­cord­ing to the an­nounce­ment, the mil­i­tary aid in­cluded MM89 rock­ets, thou­sands of dif­fer­ent types of am­mu­ni­tion, de­fense and at­tack­ing grenades, night-vi­sion gog­gles, mil­i­tary uni­form for dozens of Pesh­merga bat­tal­ions, and food.

On Mon­day, Jabar Yawar, the spokesper­son for the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment (KRG) Ministry of Pesh­merga, told Kurd- is­tan24, that “new French arms sup­plies will ar­rive in Er­bil.”

In April, Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French De­fense Min­is­ter, vis­ited Er­bil to re­it­er­ate his coun­try’s sup­port for the Pesh­merga forces in the fight against Is­lamic State (IS) ex­trem­ists.

In a state­ment to jour­nal­ists, Le Drian said, “I came here to thank the French mil­i­tary train­ers and ad­vis­ers as well as meet with the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani and Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani to re­it­er­ate the sup­port of France to Pesh­merga forces in the fight against [IS].”

France is known for hav­ing his­tor­i­cal re­la­tions with the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. In 1992, it played a sig­nif­i­cant role in the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Res­o­lu­tion 688 for Op­er­a­tion Pro­vide Com­fort (OPC).

Ad­di­tion­ally, French Pres­i­dent François Hol­lande was the first world pres­i­dent to visit the Kurd- is­tan fol­low­ing IS at­tacks on the Re­gion in Au­gust 2014.

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