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|15 May, 2019

Berlin: We're not reducing number of embassy staffers in Iraq for now

Washington ordered the departure of non-emergency government employees from Iraq

BERLIN - Germany is keeping the number of staff at its embassy and consulate in Iraq constant for now, a spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday after Washington ordered the departure of non-emergency government employees from Iraq.

Washington took that step after repeated U.S. expressions of concern about threats from Iranian-backed forces.

The German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said the German embassy in Baghdad was fully staffed and working.

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Germany's Defence Ministry said earlier on Wednesday that training operations by German armed forces in Iraq had been suspended due to tensions in the region.

(Reporting by Tassilo Hummel Editing by Michelle Martin) ((Tassilo.Hummel@thomsonreuters.com; + 49 30 2888 51 26; Reuters Messaging: tassilo.hummel.thomsonreuters@reuters.net))

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