LHVnews: The Swedish defense and foreign ministers have expressed their country's support for Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in its fight against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.
During a meeting with KRG President Massoud Barzani in the Kurdish region's capital Erbil on Tuesday, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström and Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist reiterated Stockholm’s commitment to back the Kurdistan region until the elimination of Daesh.
The senior Swedish officials, who arrived in the city on Monday to hold talks on boosting mutual ties and defeating the terror group, also stressed that Sweden intends to increase the number of its 35 military trainers in the region, Erbil-based Rudaw online newspaper reported.
Wallström and Hultqvist also held a meeting with KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on Monday to discuss ongoing developments in the region.
Wallström said Swedish military advisers would continue training Peshmerga forces in their fight against Daesh.
Barzani, for his part, acknowledged Stockholm’s contributions to the Kurdish region’s fight against militants in northern Iraq, and expressed his government’s readiness to further enhance bilateral relations.
In a separate development on Tuesday, a Daesh terrorist detonated his explosives near the entrance to a police building in the town of Dibis in Kirkuk province, killing four people and wounding 15 others, AFP reported.
Another Daesh bomber managed to detonate his explosives-rigged vehicle at a checkpoint near the city, injuring an unspecified number of security forces.
Gruesome violence has plagued the northern and western parts of Iraq ever since Daesh launched its offensive in Iraq and took control of portions of the country in June 2014.