Middle East

Czechs donate weapons, ammunition to Iraq, Jordan

A photo taken on October 26, 2013 shows Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka. AFP PHOTO / RADEK MICA

PRAGUE: The Czech prime minister says his government has approved a plan to donate further weapons and ammunition to Iraq and also ammunition to Jordan to help them fight ISIS militants.

Bohuslav Sobotka says 6,500 assault rifles and 7 million pieces of ammunition will be transported to Iraq by the U.S. for the Iraqi and Kurdish armed forces.

Sobotka also says he hopes that after last week's visit of Prime Minister David Cameron to Prague Britain will drop its objections to a planned sale of Czech-made L-159 light combat planes to Iraq.

He says the country will also provide Jordan with about 7 million pieces of ammunition for assault rifles and machine guns.

The Czechs sent hundreds of tons of ammunition and hand grenades to Iraq before.

 

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