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US-led coalition to discuss Trump-Abadi deal to accelerate ISIS fight

Trump meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi at the White House
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will host the foreign ministers and senior leaders of the Global Coalition working to defeat ISIS with the participation of Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, who is currently on a visit to Washington.

US President Donald Trump has pledged during his first meeting with the Iraqi premier that Washington will extend more support to Iraq in the coming phase to finally uproot the terrorism group.

US Secretary of State Spokesman Mark Toner said the meeting will discuss in expanded talks means of intensifying the campaign in the fight against ISIS in a way that comes in line with the strategy proposed by the White House.

This meeting will take place at the Department of State in Washington D.C., and will be the first meeting of the full Coalition, now at 68 members, since December 2014.

Toner said: "We are at an important stage of the fight against ISIS and will use this Ministerial to accelerate international efforts to defeat ISIS in the remaining areas it holds in Iraq and Syria and maximize pressure on its branches, affiliates, and networks."

The ministerial will include a detailed discussion of priorities for the Coalition’s multiple lines of effort, including military, foreign terrorist fighters, counterterrorist financing, counter-messaging, and stabilization of liberated areas, to increase the momentum of the campaign, according to the State Department briefing. 

Additionally, Ministers will discuss the ongoing humanitarian crises in Iraq and Syria that are affecting the region.

While many challenges remain, ISIS is cornered in Mosul and increasingly isolated in Raqqa. This Ministerial meeting is a key moment to set ISIS on a lasting and irreversible path to defeat.

The Coalition regularly meets at the Small Group level to coordinate and enhance combined efforts to counter ISIS. The last meeting of foreign ministers took place in Washington, D.C. on July 21, 2016, and the last meeting at the political directors level took place in Berlin, Germany on November 17, 2016.
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