German minister outlines aid package for Iraq

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German minister outlines aid package for Iraq

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Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrived in Baghdad on Saturday just as the country’s first aid flight landed in northern Iraq.

Following talks with his Iraqi counterpart Hussain al-Shahristani, he was set to meet with Kurdish leaders to discuss the rapid advance of Islamic militants who’ve seized much of the north and west of the country.

Steinmeier told reporters he would ask them what other support was needed.

“The humanitarian aid at this time is of great importance as many people have been expelled or killed, especially the (ethnic) minorities in the north of Iraq. The humanitarian aid will be of great help and the German government has allocated more than 24 million Euros for this aid,” he said.

Germany, along with France, Britain and Italy, has stepped up humanitarian aid to the refugees fleeing Islamic State fighters.

Thousands of people have been killed and more than 1.5 million displaced by the violence.