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Germany: Does not deliver arms to conflict zones

Kurdish Peshmerga troops participate in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) militants in a village on the outskirts of the province of Nineveh near the border province of Dohuk August 9, 2014. (REUTERS/Ari Jalal)

BERLIN: Germany does not send arms to conflict zones, a government spokesman said Monday, in response to Iraqi Kurdish President Masoud Barzani's call on the international community to arm the Kurds to bolster their battle against Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) militants.

"This German government, like its predecessors, has a principle of not exporting arms to any conflict zones or war zones... this is a principle we feel committed to upholding," government spokesman Steffen Seibert said at a news conference.

A foreign office spokesman added Germany was concentrating on humanitarian aid in its efforts to support Kurds threatened by the advance of ISIS militants in Iraq.

 

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