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Minister Logar backs activities of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh and its partners

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Foreign Minister Anže Logar attended the ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS, which was established in 2014. The meeting was hosted by Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luigi di Maio and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The ministers reviewed progress and priorities in the fight against Daesh/ISIS in military activities, commitments to stabilise the situation, and measures to prevent funding Daesh/ISIS and Daesh activities in Africa, with a particular emphasis on Sahel. They also welcomed the new members, the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mauritania and Yemen. Eighty-seven countries and organisations are already involved in the Global Coalition, including all members of the EU and NATO, except Malta. 

The ministers adopted a joint declaration reaffirming the joint determination to continue the fight against Daesh/ISIS and to create the conditions for the permanent defeat of this terrorist group, which is the sole purpose of the Coalition. They underlined their commitment to protecting civilians, stressing that all activities should be conducted in accordance with international law, including international humanitarian and human rights law and relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions. 

In his statement, Minister Logar stressed the importance of enhanced cooperation between the countries of the Global Coalition and the wider international community, as Daesh has been successfully adapting to the loss of territory and many of its leaders. As Daesh continues to mobilise followers in various regions of the world, notably the Sahel and the wider Middle East, the minister welcomed new members from these regions. He announced that Slovenia would continue to participate in Operation Inherent Resolve and would support other activities of the coalition and its partners, notably the European Union and NATO. Slovenia has been providing humanitarian aid to Iraq, Syria and the wider region, and will continue to assist the Global Coalition’s activities during its EU Council Presidency. 

Minister Logar met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who confirmed the continuation of the strategic relationship between the two countries and the strengthening of cooperation in the light of global challenges. 

He also met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, with whom he underlined the strengthening of Slovenia’s contribution to NATO and agreed on the importance of cooperation between NATO and the EU.

On the margins of the meetings, he also met with the Deputy Prime Minister of Moldova, Aureliu Ciocoi. The ministers discussed the strengthening of bilateral cooperation, collaboration with the Eastern Partnership countries and the summit to be held during Slovenia’s EU Council Presidency.