U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo delivers opening remarks to the Meeting of Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on February 6, 2019. [State Department photo by Ron Przysucha/ Public Domain]

Meeting of the Ministers of the Global Coalition To Defeat ISIS

Coalition To Defeat ISIS

Key Takeaways

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo hosted a day of meetings with the foreign ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS on February 6 in Washington, DC. The full 79-member Coalition met for in-depth discussions on the impending territorial defeat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, which is the result of four years of Coalition and our partners’ efforts, and a significant milestone towards delivering ISIS an enduring defeat. Ministers discussed the next phase of the campaign in Iraq and Syria, which will focus on protecting against a resurgence of ISIS through stabilization and security assistance. Ministers also discussed important next steps in degrading ISIS’s global networks and affiliates outside Iraq and Syria.

These meetings are taking place at a key moment in our coordinated fight. The United States is determined to prevent a resurgence of ISIS in Syria and Iraq after the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria takes place, and remains committed to working with the Global Coalition to continue to destroy ISIS remnants and thwart its global ambitions. As ISIS is defeated on the battlefield, the Coalition will continue its stabilization efforts to facilitate the safe and voluntary return home of those who have been displaced by the violence.

The Global Coalition regularly meets to coordinate and enhance combined efforts to counter ISIS. The last Ministerial took place in Brussels on July 12, 2018, with select members of the Coalition. The last meeting at the Political Director level took place in Rabat, Morocco, on June 26, 2018.

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