For a future without IS United States of America

06.02.2019 - Article

Foreign Minister Maas travels to Washington for the Foreign Ministers meeting of the Global Coalition against Daesh. In addition to the fight against IS, the conflict in Syria will be discussed.

The Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition against Daesh are meeting in Washington today (6 February) at the invitation of the US Administration. The talks will focus on how the fight against IS can be continued now that it has largely lost control of the territory it held in parts of Syria and Iraq and how to prevent the resurgence of the terrorist organisation. Syria and other global crises will also be on the agenda. Among others, Maas will meet John Bolton, National Security Advisor to the US President.
The Minister stressed before the meeting:

The Global Coalition against Daesh has achieved a great deal together. But much remains to be done to bring about reconciliation in society and to permanently dry up support for extremists. That is why we will now keep up our efforts.

Stabilisation and accountability

Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas
Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas© Xander Heinl/photothek.net

The talks will thus focus on action the Coalition wants to take against IS in future in addition to its military engagement. Germany co-chairs the Coalition’s Stabilisation Working Group and is particularly active in the efforts to stabilise the areas liberated from IS – also with a view to preventing a resurgence of the terrorists. 
Furthermore, the Foreign Ministers will talk with the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad and Kharim Khan, Head of the UN Investigative Team to promote accountability for Daesh/ISIL crimes in Iraq (UNITAD), about protecting minorities and criminal liability.

The situation in Syria

During the main Foreign Ministers meeting, Foreign Minister Maas will get together with his US, French, Jordanian, Saudi Arabian, British and Egyptian counterparts for a meeting of the Syria Small Group. The Group is convening for the first time since the United States announced that it was withdrawing form north-east Syria. Germany is working to prevent further escalation. 

Regional and global crises and challenges

At the end of the trip, Maas is scheduled to have talks with John Bolton, National Security Advisor to the US President. There are plenty of topics for discussion: in addition to regional crises such as the one in Venezuela, Maas wants to focus on disarmament and security policy issues. Following the withdrawal of the United States from the INF Treaty (Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces), the German Government will strive to ensure that arms control is again placed at the top of the international agenda.

Find out more:

Fighting IS 

On the path to stability: Germany’s efforts in Iraq

What you should know about the crisis in Venezuela 

Why is the INF Treaty on the verge of collapsing?


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