After increasing Germany’s support for humanitarian assistance and stabilisation in Iraq and Syria by 235 million euros, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel made the following comments in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on the occasion of the meeting in Washington of the Global Coalition working to defeat ISIS:
IS is on the retreat everywhere. In Iraq alone, more than one and a half million people have been able to return to areas freed from the clutches of the terrorist militia.
Ernst Reichel, Germany’s Ambassador to Ukraine, today in Kyiv handed over to the OSCE’s civilian Special Monitoring Mission the thermal imaging cameras that Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel had pledged to provide during his most recent visit.
In this connection, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel issued the following statement in Berlin today (20 March):
*There has again been an increase in fighting along the western coast of Yemen since the beginning of the year. The situation of the civilian population is dire, and millions of people face starvation. Against this background, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Thursday (16 March) met with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed. Gabriel demanded that, “in view of the devastating humanitarian situation in Yemen, the parties to the conflict must urgently return to the negotiating table.” *
Severe famine looms
Bärbel Kofler, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office, issued the following statement today (16 March) on the situation in the Philippines:
The humanitarian situation is very serious for many people in Iraq, despite it usually being overshadowed by the crisis in Syria. The huge efforts of the international community have so far prevented a humanitarian disaster in Mosul. Germany is one of the largest donors of aid to the people in need in Iraq. In 2016 alone, the Federal Foreign Office invested more than 119 million euros in humanitarian aid projects. The main focuses of Germany’s engagement are the provision of drinking water and mine clearance.