Germany will not send new weapons to Kurdish Peshmerga forces

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A Peshmerga fighter in Shingle district, northern Iraq. Photo: Pierre-yves Baillet/ARA News

ARA News

The German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel in a visit to the Kurdistan Region on Thursday said that the German government will not send new weapons to the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, Euronews reported.

However, 150 German soldiers continue to train the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

Since September 2014, Germany has reportedly sent more than 2,000 tons of weapons in more than 30 shipments.

Furthermore, the German FM Gabriel stressed that plans by the Kurdish president Masoud Barzani to hold a referendum on Kurdish independence this year “is an internal Iraqi affair.”

A day before, the German Foreign Minister said during a visit to Baghdad that the reconciliation process in Iraq must be pushed forward and the country must be held together.

He further said that the living conditions of the population have to be improved and that the Iraqi government must implement reforms for stability in Iraq.

This week, the US State Department has approved a possible sale of military equipment to the Peshmerga to an estimated cost of $295.6 million, reported Rudaw.

The sale would include equipment to fully outfit two Peshmerga light infantry brigades and two support artillery battalions, a statement from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency detailed on Wednesday.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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