Struck praises Emirates, German defence ties
25 April 2005, DUBAI - German Defence Minister Peter Struck said on Monday his country's defence cooperation with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is moving ahead "firmly and in a fruitful and excellent way, whether in training, technology or armament."
25 April 2005
DUBAI - German Defence Minister Peter Struck said on Monday his country's defence cooperation with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is moving ahead "firmly and in a fruitful and excellent way, whether in training, technology or armament."
Struck, who arrived in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi on Sunday on an official visit, told Emirates news agency WAM that Germany attaches special attention to its economic and defence ties with the UAE, notably after Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's visit to Abu Dhabi last March.
Asked about the purpose of his current visit to the UAE, the German minister said, "it comes within the context of cooperation between the two countries to rehabilitate Iraqi national security forces to such a level that they are capable of assuming security responsibilities in the new Iraq without any foreign intervention."
He reiterated his country's readiness to provide the UAE with all its defence requirements both at present and in future.
On the new contract for training Iraqi military in UAE, Struck said "these contracts cover training of commissioned officers, soldiers and engineers as well as military equipment and carriers and other areas within the rehabilitation of Iraq national security forces."
"Things are not only confined to training of forces in the UAE. The German government is presently training Iraqi security and defence commanders in military institutes near Hamburg and other areas in Germany as part of its obligation to help the Iraqi people take their own security responsibilities by themselves," he pointed out.
The new contract, he added, also covers training of 300 Iraqi officers in UAE until the end of 2005 at the hands of German military instructors.
On Iraq, Struck said that "US and British troops must stay in Iraq for a longer period to ensure that terrorism is uprooted and that the international community must continue helping the Iraqis to assume their security responsibility by themselves."
Subject: German news