By Kristina Wong - 06/19/14 11:24 AM EDT
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his German counterpart discussed Iraq during a meeting Thursday in which both parties agreed Iraq is primarily responsible for dealing with Sunni Islamist insurgents.
"First of all, yes, the movement of [Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] is a real and concrete threat for all of us," said German Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen.
"And we are aware of the fact that of course it's primarily the Iraq government that is on duty to take care for the security of the country."
She indicated that the two countries would work on a solution for the long term.
"But we also know that in the long term, we need a sustainable solution for the whole region," she said.
"That is, we have to integrate within diplomatic and political solutions the neighboring countries of the whole region," she said.