Gulf Today|May 29, 2020
Foreign ministers from nations fighting the Daesh group will meet virtually next week to coordinate action as the coronavirus pandemic disrupts operations, the United States announced on Wednesday.
Top diplomats from the 82-nation coalition will hold talks on June 4 to “discuss ways to keep continuous pressure on Daesh’s remnants in Iraq and Syria and strengthen our collective approach to defeat Daesh’s global ambitions,” the State Department said.
The nations will also look to manage “the challenges the coalition faces due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” it said in a statement.
The United States, the host of the last ministerial meeting in November, is leading the virtual talks alongside Italy, which had hoped to hold a major counterterrorism meeting before being hit hard by the pandemic.
President Donald Trump last year declared the defeat of the Daesh group, which once held vast swathes of land, as he moved to pull US troops out of Syria.
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May 29, 2020