On February 6th 2019, His Excellency Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Cabinet Member Mr. Adel Al-Jubeir led the Saudi delegation to the Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, and the Ministerial Meeting of the Small Group on Syria, where he reaffirmed the Kingdom's commitment to the objectives of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, and stressed the importance o continued cooperation and coordination among all member states to combat terrorism and extremism.
In his remarks at the ministerial meeting, His Excellency stated, "My country's government will continue its fight against terrorism and its sponsoring countries, and pledges to support all international and regional efforts to eliminate terrorist organizations, and the activities of destabilizing states in the region".
Minister Al-Jubeir added, "We believe that our war against terrorism must include combating its funding and rhetoric that justifies violence and terrorism. For this reason, my country has established a center to combat terrorism, extremism, and its sources of funding. We also emphasize the importance of continuing this coalition so that we can all ensure an effective and lasting defeat of Daesh, and all terrorist organizations, to prevent them from reappearing again in all parts of the world."
On the sidelines of the ministerial meeting, His Excellency met with the foreign ministers of Poland, Sweden, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, Ukraine, Finland, and Iraq. During the meetings, officials discussed issues of common interest, and ways of enhancing cooperation and developing bilateral relations with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia was among the founding members of The Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS back in 2014, and was one of the first countries that participated actively in military operations against the terrorist organization. For more information on the Kingdom’s efforts to defeat ISIS, please visit the following link: https://www.saudiembassy.net/sites/default/files/SyriaFactsheet.pdf