Minister of State Niels Annen is travelling to Iraq today (3 September 2019). His visit will focus on political talks at both the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence in Baghdad and with the Head of the Department of Foreign Relations of the Kurdistan Regional Government in Erbil on developments in the region as well as Iraqi efforts to promote de-escalation in its neighbourhood. During visits to the Bundeswehr bases near Baghdad and in the Region of Kurdistan‑Iraq, Minister of State Annen will also be briefed on Germany’s contribution to the Global Coalition against Daesh.
Prior to his departure, Minister of State Annen made the following Statement:
Iraq is going through a crucial phase. The successes achieved by the country together with the international community in the fight against IS and in stabilising the territories previously controlled by IS must be consolidated. Only thus can the foundations for the reconstruction and long‑term development of the country be laid. Germany is supporting Iraq in its foreign policy geared towards reconciliation with its neighbours.