Sixty members of the coalition to counter-ISIL reaffirmed their commitment to work together under a common, multifaceted, and long-term strategy to degrade and defeat ISIL/Daesh at a meeting led by Secretary of State John Kerry in Brussels today.
"In less than three months, the international community has come together to form a coalition that is already taking important steps to degrade and defeat ISIL, or Daesh," Secretary Kerry said.
Participants in today's meeting decided that the global coalition should focus on multiple lines of effort, including supporting military operations, capacity building, and training; stopping the flow of foreign terrorist fighters; cutting off ISIL/Daesh’s access to financing and funding; addressing associated humanitarian relief and crises; and exposing ISIL/Daesh’s true nature. All members of the coalition are contributing along one or more of these lines of effort, and decided to continue and intensify these contributions, according to their national decisions, capabilities, and priorities.
"Our countries differ in geography, history, background, culture, but we all recognize a common threat, and Daesh is a danger and a threat to the interests and the values of all of us. In opposing these terrorists, our diversity is, in fact, a source of remarkable strength because it gives us the credibility and the breadth of reach to move against Daesh not only in Iraq and Syria, but to counter any support that might exist for it around the world," Secretary Kerry said.
The Secretary continued, "...The leaders of Daesh recently asked their followers to unleash volcanic eruptions of hate in every country. Our own rallying cry is not so dramatic, but it is far more responsive to the needs of people everywhere, and especially in the Middle East where suffering and violence have gone on for far too long. Our coalition does not summon hate, but rather the courage to build a future that is based on shared interests, shared values, and a shared faith in one another. That contrast in goals marks the dividing line between barbarism and civilization, and it explains both why we dare not fail and why we will succeed."
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