venerdì 5 giugno 2020
Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS | Saudi Arabia's statement
Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, Minister of Foreign Affairs, reaffirms the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s continued commitment to the efforts of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, and its determination to eliminate this insidious organization and its cells.
In his statement during the virtual Small Group Ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, which was held today, said: " We in Saudi Arabia are ready to share our experiences in combatting terrorism and extremism, in preventing their financing, and in promoting the values of tolerance and openness. In this regard, I would like to note the work of the Counter ISIS Finance Group, chaired by Saudi Arabia, the US, and Italy, and its continuous efforts to eliminate funding sources to ISIS and its affiliates. In our meeting in Copenhagen last January, we affirmed the importance of preventing the exploitation of reconstruction funds.”
He added: “In our meeting in Copenhagen last January, we affirmed the importance of preventing the exploitation of reconstruction funds. I also take note of the group’s focused efforts on the African continent, and on utilizing all available tools from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the listings implemented by the Terrorist Financing Targeting Centre in Riyadh. In addition, Saudi Arabia continues its contribution to the efforts of the Coalition in West Africa and Sahel regions.”
He also added: “Our collective efforts produced significant results in combatting ISIS. However, we are extremely worried by the lack of political solutions to the crises in our region, and by the external support given to sectarian militias that promote hatred and extremism. These threats provide terrorist organizations, including ISIS, with opportunities of regrouping and mobilization. We must work together to face these threats in a relentless and serious manner.”
The Minister of Foreign Affairs offered his congratulations on the formation of the new Iraqi Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kathimi, affirming the kingdom's support to the Iraqi people, and its keenness to cooperate with the new Iraqi government to achieve prosperity, security, and stability within Iraq and the region as a whole.
At the beginning of his statement, the Minister expressed his sincere thanks to their Excellencies, the United States Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy, Luigi Di Maio, for calling for the important meeting. He added that since this meeting comes in light of what the world is facing as a result of the COVID-19 virus pandemic, it provides a clear confirmation of our joint resolve to continue our collective efforts within the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS.