Germany considers sending more arms to Peshmerga

Germany considers sending more arms to Peshmerga
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ERBIL – German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday that her government will look into sending more weapons to Peshmerga fighting Islamic State (IS) in Iraq.

At a news conference in Erbil, the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan region, she met with Masoud Barzani in an effort to "look into and hear exactly what is still needed" for support in the region.

"We held interesting talks about it, now we will consult with experts and further consolidate requests for equipment. I will discuss this with my cabinet colleagues in Berlin who are responsible for this,” said Leyen.

“But I am confident that we will continue on doing good work together, also regarding how to go about humanitarian help, which is urgently needed here,” she added.

Von der Leyen has been in Iraq since late Sunday. On Tuesday, she also paid a visit to a camp in Banslawa where German soldiers are currently training around 30 young Kurdish fighters.

Around 4,700 Peshmerga fighters and Yazidi have undergone training since the beginning of the year. Since 2014, Germany has also provided Kurdish forces with 1,800 tons of weapons and material.