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Austria won’t send weapons to Iraq
Sebastian Kurz. Photo: APA/ROLAND SCHLAGER
15 August 2014
Austria's foreign minister Sebastien Kurz announced on Friday that the Central European country will not permit export of any Austrian weapons to Iraq.
, Austria has decided against sending any weapons to Kurds or other ethnic groups battling Islamic fundamentalist militias in northern Iraq.
In a meeting in Brussels, Kurz said that his country would not deliver arms to Kurds fighting Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) militants in northern Iraq, saying it would focus on humanitarian aid instead.
"We're not prepared to take part in deliveries of weapons – that's not an issue for us. As you know we're not a big weapons exporter, we're not a big military power," he said in Brussels as he arrived for an emergency meeting of European foreign ministers.
"We can help in other ways such as providing humanitarian aid and we're doing that."
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