Italy has requested a meeting of European foreign ministers on Iraq and is pushing to give Kurds military support..
“We are evaluating with our principle European partners more efficient means” of stopping the advance of jihadist militants, Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini said, AFP reports citing a radio interview.
“We’re not talking about military intervention but providing support, even of a military sort, to the Kurdish government,” she said.
Mogherini said she had written to the European Union’s Catherine Ashton to ask for a foreign ministers’ meeting on “Iraq, Gaza and Libya, three crises which concern Europe directly.”
“Several countries are making a move, but the initiative must be European,” she said.
On Sunday France it was looking at supplying arms to Iraq’s Kurds to fight jihadists, in liaison with its EU partners.