Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement on 24 February on the delivery of aid supplies from the air to the ISIS‑besieged city of Deir ez‑Zor in Syria:
With the airlift that has now been established to deliver aid supplies to the IS‑besieged city of Deir ez‑Zor, another point agreed at last week's Munich meeting on Syria has been implemented. To this end Germany is making five million euros available for the United Nations World Food Programme and is thus shouldering a considerable proportion of the costs. By so doing we want to emphasise that humanitarian assistance has to be able to reach all those in need throughout Syria, regardless of political and military battle lines. Hunger must not be used as a means of warfare.