Anti-ISIS coalition discusses global threat ISIS
The international coalition against ISIS wants to completely defeat this terrorist group. Minister of Defence Ank Bijleveld-Schouten and 12 Defence colleagues spoke in Ottawa about the efforts that this requires.
Now that the military battle on the ground is nearing its end, other issues come to light. That is why the attendees also spoke about the global threat of ISIS and related groups.
Eradicating the ideology
"I am proud of what we have achieved with this coalition. I also expect a lot from our joint efforts for a safe and stable Iraq. We must realize that we have not yet eradicated the ideology of ISIS. Even so that we have virtually defeated the terrorist organization militarily," says Minister Bijleveld.
The Defence Ministers also emphasized that the fight is not over yet. Minister Bijleveld comments: "We must continue our efforts for lasting peace. After the military success, it is also important to win 'the day after'. That is why the Netherlands remains committed to the fight against ISIS."
For a lasting future, non-military deployment is also desirable, such as reconstruction and stabilization of Iraq. This includes capacity building of institutions such as police and army and the reintegration of former combatants. But diplomatic involvement is also desirable, as is reconciliation and accountability of the country.
Canadian Minister Harjit Saijan and his American counterpart James Mattis chaired the meeting. The agenda also included a briefing on the status of the military battle and an update on the current political and security situation in Syria and Iraq.
The Netherlands contributes to the fight against ISIS with, among others, military advisors and trainers in Erbil and Baghdad. Also four Dutch F-16s are active in the air campaign over Syria and Iraq. The deployment of the F-16s will stop in January.