Germany is ready to help train Iraqi police and soldiers in an indication that its differences with Washington over the US-led war are over, Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder told Handelsblatt on Thursday.
He told the business daily that the offer stood independent of any UN resolution on Iraq's post-war reconstruction.
The German leader is due to meet US President Bush next week on the fringes of the UN General Assembly in New York.
Asked if he would make an offer to Bush at the meeting, Schroeder answered, "Yes, Germany is ready to help with the training of Iraqi police.
"Iraqi military could also be trained in our army colleges. And of course, we would also pay for this, as we do everywhere we are present."
Training could take place in Germany or elsewhere, he added, however it might be dangerous within Iraq. (Albawaba.com)
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