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Anti-Daesh summit to meet at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday

The Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition to counter Daesh/ISIL will be held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday in the so-called ‘Small Group’ format, comprising the most committed countries within the broader global anti Daesh Coalition, which play a political and strategic leading role in the collective effort. 

The meeting will be co-chaired by Foreign Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, and the United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, and will be attended by the Foreign Ministers of 23 countries from Europe, the West and the region, as well as by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. 

The Rome summit is the third Ministerial Meeting of the Small Group, after those held in London (in January 2015) and in Paris (in June of 2015) and is being held one year after the Group was established in such a format. 

Italy is one of the most active Countries in the Coalition to counter Daesh by virtue of its substantial contribution to multi-lateral activities, especially military, in the training of Iraqi police forces, clamping down on financial flows to Daesh and in combating the phenomenon of foreign fighters, as well as in promoting public communication campaigns against Daesh propaganda.

The summit on February 2 will take stock of the activities conducted last year while strengthening and accelerating the collective effort, with the aim of tackling the challenges yet to be met. 

As the battle against Daesh also depends on ongoing political processes, the Summit shall confirm its full support to the Iraqi government led by Prime Minister Al Abadi and to the intra-Syrian consultations that have been initiated in Geneva by Special Envoy Staffan De Mistura  to start up  a political transition process in Syria.

In view of Tuesday’s summit, Foreign Minister Gentiloni had today a telephone conversation with Secretary of State Kerry.