German Foreign Minister urged his country’s parliament to extend military mission training Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces, like reported by basnews.com.
“A withdrawal would be the wrong signal to the parties to the conflict, as if we were resigned to accepting the danger of a new civil war,” Sigmar Gabriel told reporters.
“The more international groups are active there, the lower the chance of a new escalation.”
According to Gabriel, Berlin has been working with partners closely to ensure a peaceful solution to the disputes between Erbil and Baghdad.
“We hope that the very fragile ceasefire holds and that a political solution can be achieved. A new civil war in Iraq would bring unbelievable suffering to this country, which has already suffered too much as a result of political conflicts in recent years,” the German minister said.