Middle East

France, Germany urge EU humanitarian aid in Iraq

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar August 10, 2014. (REUTERS/Ari Jalal)

PARIS: The leaders of France and Germany called Tuesday for the European Union to swiftly lend its weight to the humanitarian effort to help refugees in Iraq fleeing Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) militants.

In a joint statement, President Francois Hollande and Chancellor Angela Merkel said they wanted the EU to "participate as quickly as possible in the humanitarian operation under way to help the civilian population facing the acts of violence of ISIS."

The leaders' comments came as EU envoys met in Brussels for an emergency meeting on the Iraq crisis.

Over the weekend, France delivered some 18 tons of humanitarian aid in Iraq. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced earlier Tuesday that Paris would send a further 20 tonnes in the next two days.

Further deliveries would follow, Fabius pledged.





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