German Defense Minister von der Leyen has talked to Iraqi bureaucrats n order to settle on how to carry on helping authorities in the nation. However, a discussion regarding the Bundeswehr’s position in the area could alleviate its pledge.

German Defense Minister reached Iraq on September 15 to talk about her nation’s aim to build up its military support agenda in the nation.

Von der Leyen stated that accompanying the “Islamic State” militant group’s military defeat in Iraq, it is time to progress with other attempts, comprising stabilization as well as rebuilding.

The minister stated that at the moment, it is significant to form and defend the modernization of the nation under a novel consent. Germany is all set to carry on aiding Iraq get back on its feet.

‘Other forms of engagement’

In the month February, she stated that the position of the Bundeswehr — Germany’s military — wanted to progress to meet the “needs of Iraq.”

At that time, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi stated Baghdad wished for a “pledge from Germany” for “other types of engagement,” comprising training and logistics.

Since the year 2014, Germany has offered Iraq with over €1 billion ($1.16 billion) in humanitarian and growth support, turning the Middle Eastern nation one of the major receivers of German foreign help.

Berlin also has around 150 troops placed in northern Iraq to teach Kurdish peshmerga and holds a pilot training program north of Baghdad.

Von der Leyen’s visit comes as Germany mulls a greater military role in the region. German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the last week hinted that Berlin should be all set to react if chemical weapons get utilized in war regions.

“To simply say we can look away if somewhere chemical weapons are being used and international conventions are not kept, that can’t be the answer,” Merkel stated.

Hannah Weber

Hannah Weber  is a seasoned journalist with nearly 10 years experience. While studying journalism at FernUniversität Hagen, Hannah found a passion for finding engaging stories.  As a contributor to Deutch News, Hannah mostly covers human interest pieces.


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