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MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) - 15/06/2014
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(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) British Foreign Secretary William Hague said that they are not planning for a military intervention in Iraq, but are looking urgently at other ways to help, for example with counter-terrorist expertise.

Hague made his remarks after talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry after participating in the global summit on end to sexual violence.

The British secretary said "in the UK we are not planning a British military intervention. But we are looking urgently at other ways to help, for example help with counter-terrorist expertise.

"Work is under way on that now and we will continue to liaise closely with our United States allies in particular," Hague added.

"Secretary Kerry and I have been discussing the extremely serious situation in Iraq. We noted of course that fighting continues, but their attacks have thankfully slowed and in the UK we think our focus should now be on three objectives.

"First of all, to stabilize the situation, this is primarily the responsibility of the Iraqi Security Forces working in cooperation with their civil authorities, including the Kurdistan Regional Government," said Hague.

"Second, for Iraq's leadership to come together in a united response to this brutal aggression against their country," Hague added.

"That requires their leaders to find ways immediately to put aside their differences, however strongly felt, and act together against the terrorism which threatens them all," Hague said.

"Third, the half a million or more displaced people in the north who have been forced to flee Mosul and the surrounding areas need urgent support, so that the humanitarian situation does not deteriorate further," Hague added.

For his part, Kerry said due to the dangerous situation in Iraq, a decision soon will be made and will be announced by U.S. Barack Obama regarding any help that could be provided to Iraqi authorities amid threats of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Kerry also stressed importance on maintaining national unity among all Iraqi leaders during this critical time.


Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)

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