Jordan urges int’l community to continue fight against Daesh

Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Luigi Di Maio hosts with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken a meeting of the US-led coalition against the Daesh group, at the Fiera di Roma, in Rome, as part of B
Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Luigi Di Maio hosts with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken a meeting of the US-led coalition against the Daesh group, at the Fiera di Roma, in Rome, as part of Blinken's three-nation tour of Europe, on June 28, 2021. (Photo: AFP)
AMMAN — Minister of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs Ayman Al-Safadi on Monday urged the international community to help stabilize Syria, adding that the conflicts and delusions that feed terrorism must be abolished.اضافة اعلان

The foreign minister’s comments came during a ministerial conference in Romeinvolving the 83-member coalition on defeating Daesh, hosted by the Italian Minister of Foreign and International Cooperation Luigi Di Maio, and the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.  

The conference aimed at boosting the coordination among coalition members in countering Daesh, maintaining stability in liberated areas in Syria and Iraq, and addressing increasing threats by Daesh affiliated groups in African. 
During the conference, Safadi stressed that the ministerial meeting is a message from the global coalition that it can completely eradicate Daesh and other terrorist groups.

The coalition had succeeded in obliterating Daesh’s dominance in Syria and Iraq, Safadi said, reiterating the importance of boosting intelligence cooperation to counter threats challenging the security of countries.

During the conference, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also pressed US allies to bring back citizens arrested overseas for joining Daesh, warning that they could not be held indefinitely in Syria, according to AFP news service.

About 10,000 suspected Daesh fighters are being held in northern Syria by Western-allied Kurdish fighters, according to US estimates.

"This situation is simply untenable. It just can't persist indefinitely," Blinken said.

"The United States continues to urge countries — including coalition partners — to repatriate, rehabilitate and, where applicable, prosecute their citizens," he said.

According to a Human Rights Watch report in March, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces are holding more than 63,000 women and children of suspected Daesh fighters from more than 60 countries in two camps surrounded by barbed wire.

In a joint statement, the coalition voiced "grave concern" over the plight of prisoners in Syria and said it was important to find "a comprehensive and long-term solution ," according to AFP.

Blinken added that the United States was offering another $436 million, mostly through international organizations, to care for Syrians displaced in the decade-old war including by supporting COVID vaccination.

A focus on Africa
Daesh has lost almost all of its territory in Syria and Iraq, but the extremists are exerting growing force in Africa including in the Sahel, where France is winding down a military campaign, and in Mozambique, AFP has reported.

During the conference, Safadi also echoed His Majesty King Abdullah, by saying “Daesh was defeated but is not yet destroyed. It still represents a security and cultural threat to the world.”

A battle was launched to rip off Daesh’s mask, which it uses in the name of religion, adding “the terrorist group certainly does not represent … the Islamic religion or its values of peace and mutual respect,” the minister said. 

Jordan will continue working with the global coalition members and will put forth all possible efforts to achieve sustainable victory over terrorism wherever it arises, the minister added.

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio told reporters that his country feared Daesh could "regain strength and that is why we must not lower our guard."

"We must step up the action undertaken by the coalition, not by shifting our focus but by increasing the regions in which we operate — not just the Middle East but Africa," he said.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said the coalition "can and must work more closely together with African countries, and I think the participants here are in agreement about that."

The Central African Republic and Mauritania joined the coalition with the Rome meeting while Italy invited other African nations including Ghana as observers, according to AFP.

Blinken also announced that the United States was designating Ousmane Illiassou Djibo, a Niger-born Daesh leader based in Mali, as a "specially designated global terrorist", making any transactions with him a crime under US law.

The coalition's ministers were meeting for the first time in person since February 2019, with diplomacy hampered by the coronavirus pandemic.

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