German support for new Iraqi government
22 May 2006, OMAN - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, on a tour of Gulf states, pledged Sunday his country's support for the new Iraqi government and invited Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari to visit Berlin.
22 May 2006
OMAN - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, on a tour of Gulf states, pledged Sunday his country's support for the new Iraqi government and invited Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari to visit Berlin.
Steinmeier, in Oman on the second leg of a tour which earlier took him to Kuwait, said Sunday's endorsement of the government by parliament in Baghdad ended the period of political transition in the war-torn country.
"Your government now has a great responsibility," the German foreign minister said in a message to Zebari.
The new administration, Steinmeier said, faced a major challenge in improving the security situation, working towards prosperity and preserving the progress made towards democracy and a society based on law and justice.
"I promise you that the German government will continue to do everything in its power to assist Iraq along this difficult path," the minister said.
Steinmeier said he hoped Zebari would visit Germany as soon as a possible.
In Kuwait earlier, Steinmeier conferred with Foreign Minister Mohammad al-Sabah al-Salim al-Sabah. The Kuwaiti minister said after the talks that support for the Iraq government was necessary to ensure stability in the region.
Kuwait, which borders the south of Iraq, was occupied by troops of deposed president Saddam Hussein's regime in August 1990 until they were evicted by US forces seven months later.
Subject: German news