Deputy Crown Prince heads Saudi delegation at meeting of International Coalition to Counter ISIL (Da'esh) 2 Brussels

Ministers provided broad support for the objectives of the Counter-ISIL/Da’esh Campaign Plan and reaffirmed our Governments unwavering commitment to work together against ISIL/Da’esh. We also agreed, as a matter of urgency, to accelerate and intensify the campaign, in order to deliver a lasting defeat to this barbaric organization as quickly as possible. We also recognized that recent battlefield successes provide an opportunity to gather additional momentum in our campaign as we enter the next phase of dismantling ISIL/Da’esh’s operating capability throughout Iraq and Syria. To that end, Coalition members highlighted the importance of turning ISIL/Da’esh purported strength into its greatest weakness. Coalition members underlined the importance of collapsing its two power centers in Raqqah and Mosul and continuing to target its underlying infrastructure, including its financial capability.

We took note of the substantial resources provided by Coalition members that have enabled progress in the military campaign, and thanked those nations that have, from the start of the campaign, demonstrated leadership and support. We also welcomed the many of the countries that have increased their contributions since the horrific attacks in Paris, Turkey and other locations, since the last quarter of 2015. Ministers recognized the nations that have either joined the air campaign, increased commitments or extended operations to Syria and those that committed to restart flights in the near future. Ministers also noted that nations have committed additional trainers, Special Operations Forces, personal recovery assets, and additional material support. Ministers further noted that other countries are embarking on national conversations to increase in one or more of these categories, including police trainers to expand the current police training effort led by Italy.

In addition to what has been provided, we agreed on an enduring set of requirements that will be needed to expand efforts against ISIL/Da’esh, and welcomed the Coalition Chiefs’ of Defense Conference and the Coalition Force Generation Conference taking place in the next four weeks where these requirements will be explored in detail.

As part of that discussion, we agreed on to review regularly the coalition’s campaign plan and the progress in its implementation. To that end, Ministers agreed to meet again before the end of the year.
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