US to host anti-ISIL coalition summit

March 22 gathering to be first full meeting of 68-member coalition since December 2014

US to host anti-ISIL coalition summit

World Bulletin / News Desk

The U.S. will host a meeting of coalition foreign ministers and senior leaders later this month, the State Department announced on Thursday.

The March 22 gathering will be the first full meeting of the 68-member coalition since December 2014, the department said in a statement, noting that the anti-ISIL fight is at a "key moment.

"We are at an important stage of the fight against ISIL and will use this Ministerial to accelerate international efforts to defeat ISIL in the remaining areas it holds in Iraq and Syria and maximize pressure on its branches, affiliates, and networks," it said, referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, another name for ISIL.

In addition to "a detailed discussion" of the coalition's priorities in advancing the military campaign, the ministers will address Iraq and Syria's ongoing humanitarian crises.

Smaller groups of countries have regularly met since the December 2014 meeting. 

Coalition foreign ministers last met in Washington in July 2016, the department said, noting that political leaders last met in Berlin, Germany last November.

Last Mod: 10 Mart 2017, 08:12
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