Saudi Arabia, UAE reaffirm commitment to global fight against Daesh

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Updated 05 June 2020

Saudi Arabia, UAE reaffirm commitment to global fight against Daesh

  • The virtual meeting was attended by ministers from 30 countries
  • Saudi Arabia and UAE congratulated the Iraqi PM for forming the new government

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia and UAE reiterated their commitment to eliminate Daesh and its cells in a virtual meeting for the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh.
“We in Saudi Arabia are ready to share our experiences in combating terrorism and extremism, preventing their financing and promoting the values of tolerance and openness,” Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Faisal bin Farhan said.
The meeting was attended by ministers from 30 countries.
“I would like to cite the work of the Counter ISIS Finance Group (CIFG), chaired by Saudi Arabia, the US, and Italy, and its continuous efforts to eliminate funding sources of Daesh and its affiliates. In our meeting in Copenhagen last January, we affirmed the importance of preventing the exploitation of reconstruction funds,” Farhan added.
The minister drew attention towards the focused efforts on eliminating the terrorist organization in Africa and expressed worries about “the lack of political solutions to the crises in our region, and by the external support given to sectarian militias that promote hatred and extremism.”
Meanwhile, the UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said his country will continue to do everything possible as a co-leader of the Stabilization Task Force together with Germany and the US.
“The UAE has long been aware of the fact that the threat posed by Daesh requires a multi-faceted strategy and a firm commitment. It is this robust coordination between us that has rendered successful our efforts to obstruct the terrorist group’s threats at the international level,” Gargash said.
Both countries also congratulated Iraq’s PM Mustafa Al-Kadhimi on the formation of the new government.


Egypt’s El-Sisi meets Libyan tribesmen after eastern call to intervene

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Egypt’s El-Sisi meets Libyan tribesmen after eastern call to intervene

CAIRO: Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met mainly eastern Libyan tribesmen in a show of solidarity on Thursday, days after Libya’s eastern-based parliament urged Cairo to intervene in their country’s civil war.
The meeting reflects the growing regional stakes in Libya, divided since 2014 between areas held by the government in Tripoli, backed by Turkey, and a rival eastern administration, backed by the UAE, Russia and Egypt.
On Tuesday, the eastern-based parliament allied to commander Haftar Khalifa called for Egypt to help counter Turkish support for Libya’s internationally recognized government in Tripoli.
Turkey has helped the Tripoli administration force Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) to abandon an offensive on Tripoli.
Any major escalation could risk igniting a direct conflict in Libya among the foreign powers that have already poured in weapons and fighters in violation of an arms embargo.
In response to Turkish actions, El-Sisi last month warned that Egypt’s army might enter Libya if the Tripoli government and its Turkish allies renewed an assault on Sirte, a central coastal city seen as the gateway to Libya’s main oil export terminals.
Libyan tribal leaders flew on Wednesday to Cairo from the eastern city of Benghazi, the main LNA base, for a meeting with El-Sisi entitled “Egypt and Libya, one people, one fate.” Haftar enjoys the backing of tribes mainly from east but also former LNA strongholds like Tarhouna in western Libya.
On the flight some tribesmen were chanting “El-Sisi” and “Haftar,” a video posted online showed.
El-Sisi said at the meeting Egypt’s main goal in Libya was to “activate the free will of the Libyan people,” a presidency statement said. It also published pictures showing El-Sisi sitting next to tribal leaders, all wearing masks against coronavirus.
In June El-Sisi said Egypt could act militarily in Egypt either if the House of Representatives requested this, or simply based on the UN charter of a right of self-defense.
Eastern tribes and other factions allied to Haftar have also been involved in closure of oil ports since January. The LNA says the tribes act on their own but analysts say their activity in Haftar-controlled territory is coordinated with the LNA.
Sirte is held by the LNA and the last major western city before the historic dividing line with the east, now controlled by Haftar, two regions that were united with the south at Libya’s independence in 1951.