Meeting of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL: focus on the liberation of Mosul and Raqqa
Enlarge image 17.11.2016: Meeting of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL; 26 countries and international organisations attended the meeting (© Photothek/Koehler )
The Global Coalition to Counter ISIL now comprises 65 countries and three international organisations. Libya is the latest member. The coalition’s five working groups focus on military support and on the problems of terrorism financing, foreign terrorist fighters and IS propaganda. Germany co-chairs the Stabilisation Working Group.
Success in the fight against IS
State Secretary Ederer opened the meeting with good news about the fight against the terrorist group IS. The operation to liberate Mosul is underway in Iraq. In Syria, the IS strongholds of Manbij and Jarabulus have been captured and the liberation of Raqqa has begun. In Libya, the terrorists have been almost entirely pushed out of the city of Sirte, while IS’ global networks are also under pressure. However, Ederer warned, there is still much work to be done.
Humanitarian aid and stabilisation
Ederer said that military support must be accompanied by humanitarian aid and stabilisation endeavours so that the liberation is ultimately a success. Germany has taken on responsibility in this area, for example as co-chair with the United Arab Emirates of the Stabilisation Working Group and as one of the largest donors of humanitarian aid in the region. It also initiated the establishment of a stabilisation facility for Libya in the spring. This facility is managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Enlarge image 17.11.2016: Meeting of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL; State Secretary Ederer (fourth from the left) and US Special Presidential Envoy McGurk (third from the left) opened the meeting (© Photothek/Koehler ) Discussion on further activities
The purpose of the regular meetings of the Small Group – 26 countries and international organisations – is to review the state of play and agree on further activities. In its closing statement, the group welcomed the fact that over one million displaced persons in Iraq have been able to return to their homes. At the same time, it highlighted the growing humanitarian needs and the dangers of terrorist attacks against other countries while IS is losing ground in Iraq, Syria and Libya.
The next Small Group meeting is scheduled to take place in March 2017.
Find out more:
Joint Statement by the Small Group of The Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, Berlin, 17 November 2016 (PDF, 208 KB)
The fight against IS
Germany providing reconstruction assistance in Iraq
The Global Coalition Against ISIL
Federal Foreign Spokesperson on the meeting of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL
Last updated 17.11.2016