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Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry participated in the - Small Group - meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh hosted by the U.S. State Department on Thursday November 2, 2019. The meeting was attended by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a number of Foreign Ministers, as well as representatives of the group’s member states.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Official Spokesperson Counselor Ahmed Hafez stated that Minister Shoukry commended, in his statement, the recent significant achievements attained by the Coalition in terms of defeating Daesh in Syria and Iraq, while emphasizing the need for the Coalition to continue reinforcing its efforts to prevent the terrorist organization from accomplishing its objectives, which necessitates enhancing cooperation and coordination between Coalition members, as well as possessing the political will to confront any state that may use terrorism as a tool to achieve its political goals.
The Official Spokesperson mentioned that the Foreign Minister drew special attention to the importance of confronting the narratives and ideologies promoted by Daesh, and indicated Egypt’s willingness and desire to contribute in this regard through Al-Azhar and Dar al-Ifta, which represent beacons of moderate Islamic thought. He also stressed that the Global Coalition should confront the threat that Daesh represents wherever it is, which must be done in full compliance and respect of international law.
Hafez also noted that Minister Shoukry stated that the achievements of the Global Coalition are seriously threatened due to the violation of the Syrian sovereignty, in clear breach of international law and the U.N. Charter. In this context, the Foreign Minister highlighted the need for the Coalition to uphold the unity and integrity of Syria, its brotherly people and its sovereignty over its territories, also the impact of the Turkish aggression on the movement of foreign terrorist fighters from areas that became subject to Turkish control in Syria towards other countries. In this regard, he affirmed the need to commit to Security Council resolution No. 2396 and for the Council to undertake its role in ensuring that Turkey fully respects its obligations in accordance with this resolution.
The Foreign Minister concluded his statement by stressing Egypt’s full commitment to the Coalition’s goals, and that it will continue to be at the forefront of efforts in this regard, and carry on its support to both Iraq and Syria in their efforts to achieve stability, rebuilding their institutions, and restoring public services in the areas liberated from Daesh.