Visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi has emphasized that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is about to be defeated.
In a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel here on Friday, Al-Abadi said that "the Iraqi government is determined and able to eliminate the terrorist organization." He underlined at the same time the necessity of international support for his country to achieve this task.
Asked about the existence of any Iraqi plan to liberate the northern city of Mosul, which fell into the hands of ISIL last summer, he said "the plan started three months ago and it is implemented in collaboration with the Federal Government in Baghdad on the one hand and the Kurdistan Regional Government and the international coalition on the other hand." "Our aim is to liberate Mosul with the minimum civilian and military losses. What I can say to Mosul's people is that they are about to be liberated soon," Al-Abadi said.
Commenting on Jordan's intensive attacks on ISIL's sites, Merkel said Jordan is part of the international coalition and "we witnessed the brutal way by which Jordanian pilot Moath al-Kasasbeh was executed." She said that she discussed with Al-Abadi the ways of providing non-combat military equipment to the Iraqi government like military uniforms, telescopes and others.
The Iraqi official said his country is desperately in need of Germany's technical and training help to the Iraqi forces fighting ISIL. Al-Abadi said he discussed with Merkel the economic file and means of deepening economic relations between the two countries as well as ways of benefiting from German experience in merging the private and public sectors.