By Euro Weekly News Media • 15 August 2014 • 15:53
European Union foreign ministers met in Brussels today to discuss ways of stopping the jihadist group ISIL and help the thousands of displaced minority Yezidis and Christians as governments began flying humanitarian aid to Northern Iraq.
Observers are alarmed that the situation in Iraq risks echoing that of Syria where the international community was slow to react. Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs, José Manuel García-Margallo, spoke in favour ofproviding weapons to Kurdish forces in the north of Iraq to combat the offensive on the proviso that the Baghdad Government are in full agreement.Speaking to reporters as he arrived at the meeting Foreign Minister Garcia-Margallo said, “To avoid this, the delivery of weapons to the Iraqi government has already been cleared and at the moment we are aiming to deliver weapons to the authorities of Kurdistan.”
The minister referred to the shipment of humanitarian aid to Iraq and noted that Spain had proposed the delivery of surplus foods which have been created by the recent Russian ban on importing foods and agricultural products from the EU including Spain, as was reported in the Euro Weekly News last week.
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