ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani has welcomed a decision by Germany to extend its military mission in Iraq as the Islamic State (IS) continues to pose a threat in the region.
"I welcome and commend German cabinet’s decision to extend its troops deployment to Iraq, and hope that the Bundestag will follow suit," the Kurdish president wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.
The German government said in a statement that Bundeswehr troops will continue to support the US-led Coalition against the Islamic State and would take part in aerial surveillance, and provide training to the security forces of Iraq.
"The deployment is in response to Iraq's request for assistance and it will focus on the capacity building of Iraqi security forces," the statement said.
The Kurdish leader further said in his Twitter statement that "ISIS is still a threat to International peace and security, and continued collective effort is required to counter and eradicate terror."
According to German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht, the German military will provide "air refueling, air transport, air surveillance and situational awareness capabilities as well as staff."
Last Sunday, 9 January, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht paid an official visit to her country's armed forces in Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan Region, where she also met with President Nechirvan Barzani.