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Merkel talks with Iraqi PM-designate, Kurdish leader by phone

Editor: zhenglimin 丨Xinhua

08-16-2014 08:09 BJT

BERLIN, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday held telephone talks with Iraqi prime minister-designate Haider al-Abadi and Massoud Barzani, head of Iraq's Kurdistan region, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said.

Iraqi President Fuad Masoum on Monday designated al-Abadi to be the new prime minister and form the next government.

Merkel sent good wishes to al-Abadi for rapid formation of a new government and his efforts to unite the country, saying the German government is willing to help him in tackling the challenges ahead, according to Seibert.

During her phone talk with Barzani, Merkel thanked him for the decisive actions in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) as well as the protection that his regional government has granted to refugees of various minority groups.

In addition, the chancellor informed Barzani of Germany's aid to the crisis-affected northern Iraqi regions, adding that her government would continue to offer help to people in need.

The German government has announced a total of 24.4 million euros (32.7 million U.S. dollars) in emergency aid for Iraqis threatened by IS extremists. A first batch of relief supplies, including food and medical supplies, has been sent Friday to Arbil, capital of Iraq's Kurdish region.

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