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Austrian foreign minister says will not send arms to Iraq

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz (2nd-L) waves as he arrives for a meeting with Palestinian foreign minister Riad al-Malki (C) in the West Bank city of Ramallah on April 23, 2014. (AFP Photo/Abbas Momani)

BRUSSELS: Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said Friday that his country would not deliver arms to Kurds fighting Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) militants in northern Iraq, saying it would focus on humanitarian aid instead.

"We're not prepared to take part in deliveries of weapons - that's not an issue for us. As you know we're not a big weapons exporter, we're not a big military power," he said in Brussels as he arrived for an emergency meeting of European foreign ministers.

"We can help in other ways such as providing humanitarian aid and we're doing that."

 

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