Saudi Arabia Will Continue to Prevent the Rise of ISIS and Fight Terrorism. PHOTO/Reuters
RIYADH – Arab Saudi will continue to work to prevent resurgence ISIS . This determination was conveyed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Prince Faisal bin Farhan in his speech at the ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, Thursday (8/6/2023).
“The kingdom believes in the need to confront terrorism and extremist ideology,” said Prince Faisal, as quoted by Al Arabiya. He also added that it is necessary to drain the sources of financing for ISIS.
According to him, Saudi Arabia will make every effort to catch up with ISIS wherever it is. “Coordinated efforts to eradicate terrorism will continue,” Prince Faisal added.
He also urged countries around the world to work together to spread the values of tolerance and dialogue. “So I would say to those countries, you have to step up, you have to take responsibility, being part of a coalition means working together,” said Prince Faisal.
His remarks came during a meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, which the Saudi Kingdom co-hosted with the United States (US).
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized the US commitment to defeating ISIS and eradicating the terrorist group. However, he warned that Afghanistan and some African countries were seeing an increase in IS attacks.
He also warned that keeping foreign ISIS fighters in camps could lead to their awakening, and all foreign fighters should be repatriated to their countries of origin, which he said was an important step in dismantling al-Hol camp in Syria.
In 2014, ISIS fighters captured Iraqi cities and declared a self-styled caliphate over large parts of Syria and Iraq. The group was officially declared defeated in 2017 after three years of bloody fighting that killed tens of thousands of people, but its sleeper cells continue to lurk around the world.