Dec 7 2015
Prime Minister Dr. Haider Al-Abadi received in his office on Monday the German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his accompanying delegation.
During the meeting they discussed strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries in various fields and the war on Daesh terrorist gangs and the situation in the region.
Prime Minister Dr. Haider Al-Abadi referred to the long-standing relations between the two countries, noting that terrorism threatens the world, and Germany is not far from this threat, which is why certain decrees were issued by the German parliament on this subject.
He added that Iraq is making victories against Daesh terrorist gangs and there is no foreign force to fight terrorism on Iraqi soil and we look forward to more support from the international community in arming and training and airstrikes, and Daesh is moving freely on the Iraqi-Syrian border and this requires help in this aspect, referring to the importance of stopping the flow of terrorists into Iraq.
He stressed the importance of stopping the smuggling of oil by Daesh, the majority of which is via Turkey, and said we talked with the Turkish side on the issue and they made promises, and there is a resolution of the UN Security Council on the subject.
The Prime Minister made clear that the entry of Turkish troops into Iraqi territory is unacceptable and occurred without the knowledge or consent of the Iraqi government and we challenge Turkey to present any evidence that shows our knowledge or our consent, and we consider this a violation of the sovereignty of Iraq, and these forces must withdraw immediately.
Dr. Al-Abadi thanked Germany for its contribution to the reconstruction of areas devastated by Daesh gangs, after liberation by our heroic forces.
In turn, the German Foreign Minister expressed his country's support for Iraq in its war against terrorist gangs, praising the victories achieved against terrorism since Dr. Al-Abadi came into office and the liberation of almost a third of the areas that were occupied by Daesh, in addition to the efforts in reform and the fight against corruption, and reconciliation.
Prime Minister's Media Office
7 December 2015