Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani welcomed German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen in Erbil on Thursday.
In a meeting with President Barzani and the military leadership of the KRG, the German defense minister stated that her country stands by the people of Kurdistan in the fight against ISIS terrorists and commended the role of the peshmerga forces in taking the fight to them.
She added that Germany would continue to help the KRG by providing weapons and military equipment and training of the peshmerga forces.
President Barzani lauded German government decision to assist the KRG and said that the people of Kurdistan are deeply grateful for Germany for coming to their aid in their hour of need.
He added that with the assistance provided by Germany and other countries, the peshmerga forces now have the upper hand and will continue to push back the ISIS terrorists.