The special meeting held in New York on Friday (19 September) focused on the situation in Iraq in light of the threat posed by the Islamist terrorist organisation ISIS. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier also took the opportunity presented by his visit to hold consultations with UN Secretary-General Ban.
Foreign Minister Steinmeier travelled to New York for a special meeting of the UN Security Council on the situation in Iraq. He also held a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday (19 September), during which Steinmeier pledged further aid for the fight against the Ebola epidemic. With the UN Secretary-General, he also had in-depth consultations on the crisis in Ukraine and the difficult situation in both Syria and Iraq. A further focus of the talks was the fight against the Islamist terrorist organisation ISIS.
Sending a signal of joint engagement to combat ISIS
On Friday, the German Foreign Minister then took part in the meeting of the Security Council of the United Nations on supporting Iraq. The meeting was hosted by the USA who, this month, hold the Presidency of the Security Council. Germany currently holds the Presidency of the G7 and was invited to attend the meeting of the UN Security Council, which was an open meeting.
Before the Security Council meeting on Iraq, Steinmeier stressed that he hoped to send a powerful signal in the fight against the Islamist terrorist organisation ISIS:
We will continue to coordinate our joint action here in the Security Council and in the talks on the margins of the Security Council meeting. We are doing so here in New York because the United Nations plays an important role in this endeavour. ISIS shows no respect for borders – it is just as dangerous in Iraq as it is in Syria.
Following the Paris conference on 15 September, in which the situation in Iraq and fight against ISIS had already been discussed, the primary aim in the Security Council was to show that the international community stood behind the new and inclusive government in Iraq, Steinmeier continued. He added that it was important to work together to develop political strategies with which the international community could tackle the threat posed by ISIS.