Erbil, Kurdistan region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani, received German Defence Minister, Ursula von der Leyen and her accompanying diplomatic and military delegation.
Minister von der Leyen expressed her satisfaction with the understanding recently reached between Erbil and Baghdad, particularly regarding the anticipated military operation to liberate the City of Mosul and other areas from ISIS. She reaffirmed the support of the Coalition forces to this understanding, hoping that both the Iraqi Federal and Kurdistan Regional governments would develop cooperation in many other areas.
Regarding bilateral relations, she stressed that her country will continue its support to the Kurdistan Region, particularly providing humanitarian aid to internally displaced persons and refugees who fled ISIS terrorists and took refuge in the Kurdistan Region.
It is expected that additional close to half a million people take refuge in Kurdistan with the start of Mosul military operations.
Minister von der Leyen said that Germany and the international community will exert great efforts to provide further humanitarian aid to the displaced persons.
Prime Minister Barzani expressed his government’s gratitude for the German military support to the Peshmerga Forces for the past two years. He described Germany as an important part of the international coalition in the war against ISIS, commending Minister von der Leyen’s role in Germany’s effective support to the Kurdistan Region.
Regarding the relations between Erbil and Baghdad, Prime Minister Barzani noted that some steps were taken towards developing a political, economic and military cooperation, which in the past weeks led to a good understanding between the two sides.
On the expected liberation of Mosul, Prime Minister Barzani said that, with the support of the coalition forces, a good joint military plan has been set, while stressing the need to plan post-liberation Mosul.